Reserva Particular, among Best Sparkling Wines of Spain
The Spanish Association of Journalists and Writers of Wine (AEPEV) has chosen Reserva Particular de Recaredo 2007 as one of the Best Wines of Spain 2019 in the category of sparkling wines.
It is an ex aequo recognition granted from a double round vote in which most of the AEPEV members have participated. They had to decide between the 1.118 brands proposed in the first phase of the contest, of which only a total of 131 wines and 46 spirits managed to pass to the final stage.
Recently, the 2007 vintage of Recaredo Reserva Particular has been one of the most lauded wines in the 2020 Guia Peñín, where this Corpinnat aged for over 10 years, scores 98 points, earning it a place among the best wines in this year’s edition. The british magazine Decanter has also included Reserva Particular 2007 among the 6 best wines of Spain in 2019.
Reserva Particular: an icon of long ageing
Reserva Particular 2007 is a Corpinnat Brut Nature made from a blend of traditional Mediterranean varieties: Macabeu (64%) and Xarel·lo (36%). This sparkling wine is aged for a minimum of 10 years in the dark of our cellars. In this process, we use stoppers made of natural cork, a sustainable, recyclable material that plays a vital role in preserving the character Recaredo’s long-aged wines derive from their place of origin.
Reserva Particular is a complex, persistent and rich wine that stands out for its long ageing aromas, accompanied by a citrus and fruity background. With a soft and delicate entry, the mouth is intense and tasty, marked by fresh and fresh notes.
A revolutionary idea
In 1962 Josep Mata Capellades, in close collaboration with his sons Josep and Antoni, created the Reserva Particular de Recaredo with the original idea of conveying the delicateness and the subtle complexity of a long-aged wine.
Josep Mata a member of the second generation of the Recaredo family, explains the origin of this special wine: “Recaredo Particular grew out of a project that our father wanted to share with us. We all worked together to make a wine intended just for our family. But over time we shared it with friends and customers, and gradually it’s developed into what it is today.” Antoni Mata, Josep’s brother, says: “At the time, the idea of making a wine like Reserva Particular was revolutionary. Up until then, nobody had thought of making a sparkling wine aged for a long period in wooden barrels, with a brut nature style, showcasing the Xarel·lo and Macabeu varieties.”
Since 1962, three generations of the Recaredo family have cultivated the character of Reserva Particular, creating a unique style based on freshness and the authentic expression of time.
A ‘terroir’ sparkling wine
Reserva Particular de Recaredo is made using grapes from a selection of old vineyards on three Recaredo estates—Pedra Blanca, Can Romeu and Can Rossell de la Serra—circumscribed by the Anoia River and the Salada, Can Bautista and Lavernó gullies. The grapes used to make Reserva Particular are from old Xarel·lo and Macabeu vineyards – planted between 1950 and 1955 – that lie within the Corpinnat territory at elevations of between 170 and 255 metres above sea level.
The soil has a silt-loam texture and ranges from very deep (>120 cm) to moderately deep (50–70 cm). It’s well-drained, moderately basic, and derived from weathering of carbonate rock.
The vineyards are cultivated without herbicides or chemical insecticides, and only natural, organic fertilisers are used. Harvesting is done completely by hand to maintain the properties of the grapes used for a long-aged sparkling wine.