Juvé & Camps
Gran Juvé Gran Reserva 2016
Since it was first made in 1972, Gran Juvé has always been an emblematic cuvée, representing the best of Juvé & Camps. Categorized as ‘Brut’ with only 5g/l of dosage, it is only produced in exceptional vintages and is made using the best quality grapes from select vineyard plots. With a very long aging time in the bottle of about 42 months, it showcases the intensity and complexity that Spanish sparkling wine can achieve.
The grapes are certified organic and hand-harvested from Juvé’s most expressive vineyard parcels on their estates; Espiells and Mediona, in the heart of the Penedès region (Barcelona, Spain).
Grapes are gently whole-cluster pressed to retain the delicate vibrancy and freshness. Free-run and first press juice is used in this wine to ensure purity of flavors. After the first fermentation by varietal in stainless steel tanks, all the base wines develop malolactic fermentation in order to improve their complexity. After that, the winemakers select the most expressive based wines to be part of the Gran Reserva blend. Following the traditional method, bottles are laid down in underground caves for an extended ageing period of 42 months to develop the complexity and finished with a Brut dosage of only 5g/L after the disgorgement.
The blend is dominated by Xarel.lo and Chardonnay, both grapes contributing to a high acidity that allow this wine to age beautifully. The Macabeo provides the fruitiness, while the Parellada fills in the delicate aromas. The most distinctive trait of Juvé & Camps Gran Reserva is its bright aromas after so many years of ageing. Hints of white flowers and stone fruit are followed by notes of a long-aged sparkling wine: brioche, toasted flavors, spices, and honey. The tiny, abundant bubbles that rise up in streams to form a consistent crown. The Chardonnay contributes to the creamy mouthfeel and the Xarel.lo to the elegance and long finish. Exquisitely balanced, this dry cuvée is expressive, intense, complex, and fresh, a harmony of endless sensations.
Gran Juvé will pair well with red meat, fish and baked goods.
Decanter - May 25, 2023 “For years Juvé y Camps has been the leading innovator in the quest for top quality and identity in Cava. With this wine they show their mastery in blending in order to create a distinctive style. Bright straw colour, with intense brioche, apple and citrus fruit notes. The best thing in this wine is the balance; it keeps fresh and joyful, but offers nice complexity and depth. Round and mellow, distinctively Cava. A great name.” - P.B.T., 12/2022
Wine Spectator - May 25, 2023 “Sleek and well-spiced, with ground anise, white pepper and cardamom providing a zesty edge to flavors of cherry liqueur, singed orange peel, blanched almond and dried mint. Mouthwatering and expressive, this is an intriguing sparkler to sip, but the concentration and harmony recommend this to a range of light meat or poultry dishes. Long, salty finish” - A.N. 5/23
Other Wines by this Producer
“Reserva de la Familia” (translating to ‘Reserve of the Family’) is one of the world’s greatest sparkling wines, 100% estate, certified organic, always vintage-dated, and all the more notable because of the quality needed to produce it without dosage.
Originally developed for the United States and now as popular as Reserva de la Familia, Juvé & Camps’ flagship rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir. Following the “Méthode Traditionnelle,” it is aged for 15 months in the bottle. Categorized as ‘Brut’ with only 5g/l of dosage, it is intense, fresh and exuberant with aromas of bright red fruits.