2010 Can Mayol Loxarel "Reserva Familiar" Brut Nature Penedes SKU #1285345

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Tasting Notes

Can Mayol, which bottles under the trademarked name "Loxarel," is a winery that has farmed organically for 15 years. The Mitjan family, owners of Can Mayol, also employ some biodynamic treatments. They keep animals, including chickens, a horse and a donkey named Garnatxa. While the focus is on "Brut Nature" (no dosage added) sparkling wine production, they also produce some very interesting still wines. In their chalky, high-altitude vineyards (above 2,400 feet for their highest vines, among the highest in the Penedès D.O.), Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Parellada, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive and pick up an incredible minerality, which makes these wines wonderfully distinctive and very exciting to drink. Featuring some of the property's oldest, most prized parcels of Xarel-lo grapes, the reserva familiar sees over six year on its lees. This is very impressive bubbly that we can honestly say gives a lot of Champagne at twice the price a real run for its money.

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    4/5/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    If this sensational organic Cava were a human child today it would be all of seven, in first or second grade, which is a good estimate of how many years it has educated itself on its lovely lees since it was first bottled. A complex schooling in what can be achieved when terroir, wine and time cohere, this seriously dry sparkling wine delivers an arresting array of white flowers, fleshy apricot, quince and marmalade fruit, with a creamy, buttered croissant-encrusted note and limestone, mineral-driven finish. There is really little to compare it to, as this is an homage to nature.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    3/27/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Made from a high percentage of old vine Xarel-lo, this is is a fine bubbled refreshing Cava at an even finer price point. Although refreshingly bone dry, this wine has a rich texture and aromas of orange creamsicle and baked meringue. Delicious!
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    3/14/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Consistently one of the best values in bubbles in the store! Loxarel follows the traditional methode champenois, and spares no effort to create some of the best sparkling wines in the area. The Reserva Familiar rests on its lees for over six years, far more than the minimum in most Champagne houses, and with old vine fruit, grown in high-altitude chalky soils, this is a very serious product, which would hold up to the scrutiny of any Champagne aficionado. What I love about Loxarel is that though they follow the methode champenois, they feature classic Spanish grapes such as Xarel-lo, and the result is a thoroughly exciting wine with an exotic and aromatic quality all its own.

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