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REVIEWS

The Brut Reserva from Maset is a classic example of higher end Cava from Spain, showing a yeasty base and complex tree fruit over plenty of fine bubbles.  This tasty discovery is rich in citrus and melon flavors that blend nicely with the subtle toasty notes and dry texture.  Plentiful fruit helps balance the austere texture and crisp finish, really a great example of what's possible in this category.  Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ July 2016

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Maset del Lleó Cava Reserva Brut NV
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14-Nov-2016
Good
WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Brut
  • APPELLATION
    Digging DO, Catalonia, Spain
  • ALCOHOL
    11.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • BLEND
    Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel·lo
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    24 months

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Nearly a century of tradition sparkles in this excellent Cava Brut Reserva from Bodega Maset.  Bubbly ‘til the last drop, this dry, soft, and fruity Cava with a clear straw color and distinctive personality should be raised in celebration – at a wedding, bar mitzvah, the start of a new job or just because it’s Throwback Thursday. The aroma is appropriately toasty and the palate is tasty, nuanced and well-rounded.

Straight from the heart of Spain’s Cava vineyards, NV Maset Cava Brut Reserva is produced in the Penedès region of Catalonia and made from Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel.lo grapes. In the 1860’s, the father of Cava, Josep Raventós i Fatjó traveled to Champagne, France to learn the methóde classique used to create Champagne. Upon his return to Spain, he produced the first Cava. Winemaker Joseph Massana made the first Maset Cava in 1917. By Spanish law, Cava must always be made following the traditional method, le methóde champenoise.

Things to Know: 
When the Massana family first planted vineyards at the Maset de Lleó estate in 1777, the land was under the feudal domain of the Abbey of Monserrat. To work the land, they paid a levy to the Abbey. Eventually, they became the owners of Maset and have weathered wars and the devastation of phylloxera while striving to produce quality wines. A strong family business to this day, more than eight generations of the Massana family have been the proud vintners of Maset de Lleó.

TASTING NOTES 

Clear straw color with golden reflexes with persistent bubbles.A balanced nose of fruit-bearing aromas Marked personality in mouth, it is soft, dry & tasty. Delicate bubbles last through the finish. 

With 24 months of aging in our cellar and a methodical care is smooth, light and fruity.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Bodegas Maset has produced quality wines & cavas for over two centuries in the DO Penedès region situated between Barcelona & Tarragona. Maset makes its wine in the traditional way; with great care, following a rigorous quality assurance process and leaving each wine to mature in the tranquility of the cellar.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Smoked salmon, rich cream sauces, or marinated olives.