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Roger Goulart, Cava Reserva “Organic”Catalonia, Spain 2018 (750mL)

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Roger Goulart, Cava Reserva “Organic” Catalonia, Spain 2018 (750mL)

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No point in beating around the bush on this one: From a sheer dollar standpoint, Roger Goulart’s Cava Reserva may just be the greatest, most inconceivable sparkling wine value we’ve offered. It’s stiff competition, but today we’re talking about a Certified Organic, vintage-dated, stunningly pure Cava “Reserva” that costs about as much as a takeout lunch. 


Made entirely from indigenous varieties and aged for at least 18 months in Goulart’s cavernous cellars, it pops with deeply energizing layers of vibrant orchard fruit, sliced green apple, lemon curd, and sea spray. And this is no mass-market bottling of questionable pedigree, either: As a renowned estate slated to celebrate its 150th birthday, Roger Goulart is one of the doyens of cava. How so much history, complexity, and head-spinning deliciousness can be crammed into a bottle this affordable we’re not entirely sure, but we’re not going to question it. Instead, we’re going to stock our homes to the brim and pop as many bottles as humanly possible during the summer months. We suggest you do the same!



Roger Goulart was founded in 1882 in the Alto Penedés region of Catalonia. They were Cava trailblazers, setting up shop less than a decade after Jose Raventós brought the Champagne method to the region. The Cava DO has admittedly been a source of contention in recent years, with some of the biggest names leaving to forge their own appellations. Goulart, though, is a fierce defender of the appellation, its history, and its roots in world-class sparkling wine production. 


The Goulart commitment to Champagne-level quality goes beyond technique, though—they lay claim to one of the most impressive cellars in the entire region. Every single bottle of Goulart Cava ages in their two-mile long cellar, 100 feet below ground, where the walls are lined with beneficial bacterial life and the natural temperature never goes above a perfect 55 degrees. On top of all that, they vintage date every bottle of Cava they produce. Most Cava in this price range is non-vintage and remarkably similar from year to year, but Goulart allows every variation of the growing season to shine through.


Utilizing organic fruit, Goulart’s 2018 Brut Reserva combines 50% Macabeo with 35% Xarel•lo and 15% Parellada, each of which was fermented separately at cool temperatures to preserve aromas. After blending and transferring into bottle, the resulting wine aged 18 months sur lie and was disgorged with an eight-gram dosage. Serve well chilled around 45-50 degrees in all-purpose stems and revel in the sheer deliciousness and complexity packed into this bottle. Fresh-cut green apple, pear skin, just-ripe white peach, lemon zest, sea salt, hazelnuts, and pastry dough waft from the glass. On the palate, this is soft and generous, leaning into baked orchard fruit and candied citrus before being whisked away by a zip of refreshing acidity. This is sublime, energizing stuff to indulge in on a weeknight or pop freely at a weekend cookout. Just make sure you have plenty on hand!




Roger Goulart, Cava Reserva “Organic” Catalonia, Spain 2018 - SommSelect

  • CountrySpain
  • RegionCatalonia
  • Sub-RegionAlto Penedés
  • SoilGranite, Chalk & Slate
  • FarmingCertified Organic
  • BlendMacabeo 50%, Xarel•lo 35%, Parellada 15%
  • Alcohol12%

  • CountrySpain
  • RegionCatalonia
  • Sub-RegionAlto Penedés
  • SoilGranite, Chalk & Slate
  • FarmingCertified Organic
  • BlendMacabeo 50%, Xarel•lo 35%, Parellada 15%
  • Alcohol12%
  • Temp.Serve at 45-50° F
  • GlasswareAll-Purpose Stems
  • DrinkingNow-2027
  • PairingMascarpone-Stuffed Roast Chicken w/ Spring Herb Salad