Raventos i Blanc 2014 'L'Hereu' Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona

Raventos i Blanc 2014 'L'Hereu' Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona

Item Number: 9928

UPC: 8-421478750150

Country: Spain
Region: Catalunya
Sub Region: Catalunya
Appellation/AVA: Barcelona
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): 40% Macabeu / 40% Xarel-lo / 20% Parellada
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 11.7
Total Acidity: 6.73 g/L
pH: 2.91
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Calcareous

L’Hereu Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling wine marked by the authenticity of its origin, Vinya del Llac, a vineyard with vines more than 40 years old, which provides structure and complexity.

Soil: The soils on the Raventós estate are calcareous and date back to the oldest period of the Penedès depression some 16 million years ago. The first layer comprises roots of up to 1 meter that live in the clay along with nutrients, organic matter and water. Second layer, from 1 meter down, is where the plant meets the compact clays known locally as galera. Galera is a calcareous base rock encrusted with marine fossils. The large number of marine fossils that characterize the structure and composition of these soils are the main source of the typical salinity and minerality of the wines from the estate.

Harvest 2014: The 2014 vintage began with a warm fall. The winter was dry and very warm, causing the vines to bud early. Spring, with vegetative development, was warm and very dry. A vegetative cycle with little water produced a greater concentration in the grapes and a drop in production. Sporadic rainfall in July and at the beginning of August favored a good ripening of the grapes. The harvest was not particularly productive but of good quality with a high acidity for the wines.

Viticulture: Raventós practices biodynamic viticulture to create a vineyard with spontaneous vegetation coverage, which affords biodiversity, fertility and gives the soil a lot of life. Composted manure is added from their animals. Plants and herbal infusions are used to minimize the use of copper and sulphur. Lobesia Botrana is controlled by means of sexual confusion.

Winemaking: Grapes are manually harvested. The grapes enter the winery by gravity. At each stage, the atmosphere is controlled by dry ice. Slow pressing occurs at low pressures. The first fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. Assemblage and second fermentation occurs in the bottle with a minimum aging period of 18th months in a horizontal position. Disgorging date is stated on the back label.

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  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (10/28/2016)

    The young and fresh 2014 Blanc de Blancs is the new name of the L'Hereu, produced with fruit from the traditional estate from their historical vineyard La Plana (the flatland), plus a new Vinya del Llac vineyard (of the lake) planted some 40 years ago; it is a classical blend of 40% Xarello, 40% Macabeo and 20% Parellada, with nice structure and complexity for a wine that has been disgorged after some 18 months in contact with the lees in bottle. This is a wine of balance, with subtle minerality, soft and fresh, a wine you never get tired of drinking. The bubbles are small and nicely integrated in the wine, giving it a creamy texture. There are notes of white flowers and some nuts, and an almost salty finish. This is a Brut with something between three and five grams of sugar, but it feels very dry. All bottles here carry the disgorgement date on the back label, as the first bottles of this cuvée are released after 18 months sur lie, and the latest ones after almost 30 months.