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Bubbles of Gold: Wine Pleasures announces the Gold medal winning Cavas for 2016

Posted by WinePleasures, Nov 21, 2015.

Wine Pleasures has published the results for its annual wine competition 50 Great Cavas.

Adernats XC (2008) and Codorníu Reina Mª Cristina Blanc de Noirs (2012) win Gold and receive scores of 98 points

8 producers (Agustí Torelló Mata, Cava Bertha, Gramona, Juvé & Camps, Mas Codina, Pago de Tharys, Sumarroca& Vallformosa) win gold scoring 97 points

50GC 2015 tasting notes66 Cavas classified as Outstanding were awarded Gold medals and 33 Cavas classified as Highly Recommended were awarded Silver medals. Most of the medals were awarded to producers in the Penedès wine region (Catalonia) but several awards went to producers in Empordà, La Rioja & Valencia. Some interesting retail prices too amongst the 50 Greats ranging from 9 Euros to 50 Euros making Cava a luxury you can afford whenever you wish.

  • Those looking to splurge on long aged Cava (Cava Grand Reserva) should try and get their hands on prize winners from prestigious Cava producers Castell Sant Antoni – Torre de L’ Homenatge (120 months), RRP €49,95. Juvé & Camps – La Capella (108 months), RRP € 67,00. Agustí Torelló Mata – Kripta (84 months) RRP €51,00. Gramona – III Lustros (84 months), RRP €25,00. Llopart –  Ex Vite (60 months), RRP €41,00. Sumarroca. – Núria Claverol (60 months), RRP €35,15.
  • Mas Codina Brut Reserva Rosé, Fermí Bohigas Brut Resrva, Canals Canals Duran Gran Reserva, Caves Mestres – Mestres Coquet & Celler Vell Cuvée Les Solanes all picked up golds.
  • Pago de Tharys (Requena, Valencia) received three Golds for its Millésime, Millésime Rosé & Brut Nature
  • Mata I Coloma (Sant Sadurní) was also awarded three Golds for its Cava Pere Mata Reserva Familia, Cava Pere Mata L’Ensamblatge, Cava Pere Mata Cuvée Barcelona.
  • Fourteen “Penedès” Cavas were also awarded Gold medals, including Avia Lola by Canals I Munné, Brut Nature Reserva Ecológico by Felix Massana, Subirat Parent Brut Nature by Finca Valldosera, Gran Reserva Brut Vintage by Vilarnau, Perles Blanques by Cavas Naveran, Cava Varias Flors i Violes Brut by Cava Varias & Cossetània Gran Reserve by Castell D’Or
  • Five Cavas from regions other than those located in the Penedès were also awarded Gold medals. Celler Trobat (Empordà) for its Rosat Brut, UVESTE (Valencia) for its Vega Medien Brut Ecologico, Vegalfaro (Valencia) for its Caprasia, Bodegas Muga (La Rioja) for its Conde de Haro Rosé and Dominio de la Vega (Valencia) for its Brut Reserva Especial.
  • Rovellats received gold for Col.lecció as did Capità Vidal for its Cava Fuchs de Vidal, Cuvée, Reserva, Brut Nature. Cuscó Berga picked up two gold medals for Brut Nature Reserva and Brut Gran Reserva
  • Gold also went to Cavas by Olivé Batllori, Pere Venture and Pep Wines.

History of CavaThe 2016 edition of 50 Great Cavas takes the form of a 154 page full colour collectable book and contains all the Gold and Silver medal winners with photos and tasting notes for each. The book also covers the history of Cava, outlines how Cava is made, clarifies the different Cava styles, spotlights successful regions and recognizes outstanding producers. A two page article on all of the participating wineries covering family history, winery philosophy, grape varieties, location and wine tourism options can also be found in the magazine. 50 Great Cavas 2016 – The Book is available to purchase for just €12,95 inc p&p and is a useful resource for both the trade and the end wine consumer/wine traveller.

50GC 2015 llopartMany wine consumers never ever get to taste any or all of the 50 Great Cavas, as many wine importers and distributors are not taking notice of the fact that Cava is shouldering with the preeminent sparkling wine producing regions such as Champagne and Franciacorta. Thanks to a synergy with online wine retailers, Decántalo bubble fans can benefit from the luxury of having any or all of the 50 Great Cavas delivered at home or at work.

History of Cava50 Great Cavas will be heavily featured at the International Wine Tourism Conference, Exhibition and Workshop #IWINETC  http://www.iwinetc.com  where conference delegates will be able to taste most of the 50 Greats and even get to visit a few of them. Agustí Torelló Mata, Cava Varias, Codorníu and Vallformosa have already confirmed visits to their wineries within the IWINETC programme.

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50 Great Cavas 2016 – The Book was produced with the collaboration of theConsejo Regulador del Cava.

50 Great Cavas – The Book>>

International Wine Tourism Conference, Exhibition & Workshop 2016>>

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 21, 2015.

Thanks for posting this press release. However I'd be far more interested if you personalized your message to the extent that you'd highlight a few of the best and tell us on a personal level why they're the best, what rocks your boat when you drink them, include some tasting notes. and address us here in person rather than in a standardized message release.

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Reply by WinePleasures, Nov 21, 2015.

Thanks DMCKER - as judges and organisers of the competition we have written tasting notes on each of the 50 Great Cavas - we will be putting the high scorers up under our account  in the coming weeks. Indeed just done one for 

Reina Mª Cristina Blanc de Noirs Codorníu 2012

98 points and a Gold medal Cheers!

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Reply by outthere, Nov 21, 2015.

Are these wines graded in a curve like in grammar school or did they just figure it out in 2012? 98pt wine, only $20!

 

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Reply by WinePleasures, Nov 21, 2015.

Hi Outthere

Sorry don't follow - what is the point you are making? 

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Reply by outthere, Nov 21, 2015.

There is a major disconnect between the middling scores for other vintages of this wine and all of a sudden a 98. When you are talking bubbles that is in the league of Krug, Roederer, Dom Perignon which this wine surely is not. Thus I was asking if the scoring was curve based where the best wine of the tasting is awarded 100pts and everything averages out from there. It seems disingenuous to be throwing numbers like that around. I expect that from retailers shelf talkers.

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Reply by WinePleasures, Nov 21, 2015.

Only Cavas were tasted in this competition and in no way should scores be compared to other competions or scores awarded to other sparkling wines produced in regions other than in Spain. Cavas were tasted and scored according to 8 categories and in the case of Reina Mª Cristina Blanc de Noirs (2012) it was tasted within the concept of Brut Gran Reserva. The other Cava scoring 98 points was evaluated within the category of Brut Nature Gran Reserva and this is produced by little known Adernats. Two different concepts of making Cava and therefore two different judging criteria

Cavas judged for 2016 were indeed exceptional and if you get the chance to taste any of them (unlikely if you don't travel to Spain) then we'd love to hear from you.

 

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 21, 2015.

So to answer OT clearly, it is a bell curve only within cavas, and possibly only for that event.

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Reply by outthere, Nov 21, 2015.

Exactly. That means I can have a tasting of grocery store Cabernets under $15 and the winner could be a 98pt wine. Sorry but that doesn't work. There aren't different levels of scoring. A. 98pt wine is an exceptional wine, one that nears perfection, a wine that only comes along once in a long while. A '61 Château Latour perhaps.  A perfect Cava is not close in quality to a Latour of any vintage. It's arbitrary issuing of scores like that which make following wine scores useless.

I can understand gold and double gold medals, best of class, best of show as they apply to competitions but scores can't be manipulated like that because they misrepresent the product to the consumer.

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Reply by WinePleasures, Nov 22, 2015.

The 50 Great Cava tastings were done blind by a panel of wine experts. Each expert tasted the wines according to dosage and ageing and took notes and gave scores for colour, aromas, taste, balance, acidity and a host of other criteria. The experts then discussed their tasting notes, agreed on a score for each Cava, and decided which should be awarded 50 Great Cava status. So scores and medals awarded were hardly arbitrary.Indeed, name a serious wine competition which does award ponits willy nilly

While we have never judged a perfect Cava in any of the 8 categories, near perfect Cavas are often. As this is a wine competition scores are as objective as they can be and  we are not in any way misrepresenting the product to the consumer or trade. 

Points at the end of the day are important to few wine consumers but to others they are important and that's how it is.

it's an interesting discussion to have about points and competitions but it was not the main aim of posting the release. Rather we were hoping to get across to wine lovers on Snooth that quliaty Cava (Premium Cava as labeled by the DO Cava) is shouldering with the preeminent sparkling wines producing regions such as Champagne and Franciacorta.

Happy to give an opinion on any Cavas you may come across in a wine shop provided of course we have tasted it.

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Reply by outthere, Nov 22, 2015.

I'm not doubting the qualifications of the judges or the competition in general. I think you are misunderstanding what I am trying to say about using points as a wine score so I will not pursue that conversation further. Next time I am at my wine store I will look to see what they have in Cava.

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Reply by WinePleasures, Nov 22, 2015.

Thanks OT Would be very interested to see what you find in your local wine store re Cava. Which part of the world are you in?

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Reply by outthere, Nov 22, 2015.

Sonoma County, CA, USA

 

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 22, 2015.

Understood about how you're sharpening the focus down on only Cava. Still not understood about how you want to use that flimsily numbered rating scheme, likely for comparisons to other types of wine. Cava is not champagne, and if you want to use those points you give it as a way to push up against champagne, 'disingenuous' is a word that again rushes to the forefront.

No one should have anything against wanting to promote Cava. There's a lot of good-drinking stuff out there these days, far more than in the past, as the Spanish industry works hard to improve both production and marketing. It's just the manner of promotion, and the wrong-headed rating scheme, that grates.

BTW, who were the judges?

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Reply by WinePleasures, Nov 24, 2015.

Flimsily? The competition has been running since 2011 and you can see the scores are constant over the years. It so happens that 2016 has been an exceptional year with greater participation from producers.

Scores for 50 Great Cavas cannot and should not be compared to scores of other competitions. Why would anyone do that?

We are about to release the results for a second annual wine competition titled 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World and there you can see how Cava fairs against producers from around the world including Champagne and Franciacorta. Will post when we have the publication ready.

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Reply by outthere, Nov 24, 2015.

Scores for 50 Great Cavas cannot and should not be compared to scores of other competitions. Why would anyone do that?

I wouldn't do that now that i know those scores do not reflect the wine market in general.

The point we are trying to make is that scores cannot be manipulated for the sake of a competition. Like I said earlier there is no such thing as a 98pt grocery store wine regardless of the nature if the tasting. What good is a score unless you can compare it to other wines with like scores to form some sort of quality level? There will never be a 98pt Pinot Grigio even if it goes up against tap water. I feel this train of thought is not sinking in though.

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Reply by WinePleasures, Nov 24, 2015.

Understand your frustration when you say "I feel this train of thought is not sinking in" It certainly is not sinking in. You keep talking about comparisons with non related wines such as Pinot Grigio, Grocery strore wines,  Chateau Latour and so on - we do not judge these wines in the competition and so you should not draw up any comparisons with other scores and competitions involving the judging of these wines. 

Compare,  if you must with a competiton other than 50 Great Cavas which only judges Cava then write and tell us if you feel we are manipulating scores.

As said earlier we did not post here to debate points and wine competitions but  rather we were hoping to get across to wine lovers on Snooth that quality Cava (Premium Cava as labeled by the DO Cava) is shouldering with the preeminent sparkling wines producing regions such as Champagne and Franciacorta.Indeed' this can be clearly seen when we publish the results of 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World and while a Champagne producer comes out on top Cava is up there shouldering with the best.

Thanks for keeping this post live for so long and surprised more people have not chipped in. Feeling is that most members here are based in the US?.. and therefore are not getting the quality Cava on the wine shop shelves. Were you able to see which Cavas your retailer is stocking?

 

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Reply by outthere, Nov 24, 2015.

That is why I agree with gold, double gold medals but not with scores. Wines scores are not subjective they are absolute. Trying to argue that they are subjective dilutes high scores of wines which deserve them. Does that explain my point better?

I wouldn't say biased but rather we buy what we can buy, what is available to us. Many here live in the US but we do have several member scattered across the world.

 


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