Raventos i Blanc 2020 Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Conca del Riu Anoia, Alt Penedes, Spain
From the plots La Barbera, La Plana, El Plat and El Viader which have deep calcareous soils with a sand-rich loamy texture giving freshness and elegance and El Llac, a 40-year-old plot with marine fossils providing structure and complexity. Biodynamic viticulture and made in the traditional method. Vinification in stainless steel tanks followed by blending and secondary fermentation in bottle, aged for a minimum of 18 months. Extra Brut. A structured, fresh and complex wine with white floral notes on the nose. The wine is impeccably balanced with a marked minerality, soft and fresh fruit flavors, and some nutty notes. The small, nicely integrated bubbles and saline qualities are in perfect harmony with the slightly creamy texture.
Raventós i Blanc is the story of a family inextricably linked to their land, a winemaking tradition going back over 500 years, proven by ancient documents still held at the estate. The Raventós i Blanc estate, which has belonged to the Raventós family since 1497, covers 300 acres of vineyards, woodlands and a lake in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia. Following this line of succession, in 1872 Josep Raventós Fatjó made the first bottle-fermented wine in Spain using native grapes from this estate. Raventós i Blanc, the longest, documented viticulture tradition in the world, owned by the same family since 1497.
Raventós i Blanc, loyal to its tradition, make the relationship between human and nature central to the winemaking philosophy. In order to achieve wines of the greatest authenticity and typicity they returned to the traditional method of vine-growing, which was already being used on the estate in 1497: the interaction between the land, microclimate, vines, animals and the people who work in the estate. Their goal is to ensure that their estate is treated with the utmost authenticity and tradition, placing an absolute priority on soils, climate and native grape varieties.
In November 2012, the family decided to leave the DO Cava and create their own more strictly defined and geographically specific appellation: Conca del Riu Anoia. It was born to create wines coming from a single estate, a specific climate, native grape varieties and a rigorous, well-defined and respectful form of viticulture, in other words, a faithful reflection of where the wine comes from; the River Anoia Valley. An estate with the perfect terroir for producing, probably, the most mineral sparkling wine.