Recaredo, Terres Brut Nature Corpinnat
Recaredo, Terres Brut Nature Corpinnat

Recaredo, Terres Brut Nature Corpinnat

Penedès, Spain 2017 (750mL)
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Recaredo, Terres Brut Nature Corpinnat

The Recaredo estate is based in the municipality of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, in the heart of Cava’s ancestral home. The estate has been in continuous operation by the Mata family since its founding in 1924, and has garnered a reputation as the ultimate standard-bearer for artisanal sparkling wines in Alt Penedès. Recaredo has been central in the efforts to distinguish the region’s hand-crafted wines from the bulk-produced Cavas that flood international markets. It’s no accident that their story, and their membership in the Corpinnat association, mirrors the grower-producer uprising in Champagne; the Recaredo team also emphasizes terroir-specificity, single vintages, labor-intensive viticulture, and long aging to produce truly luminous bottles of unmistakable origin.

Recaredo’s emphatically ‘anti-Cava’ philosophy begins in their 65 hectares of dry-farmed (non- irrigated) vineyards. Each immaculately tended plot is a thriving ecosystem in harmony with the surrounding forests, biodynamically farmed with such success that an ordinary walk through the rows feels like a communion with nature. Serral del Vell is a precise and powerful love letter to the unique terroir of Alt Penedès. Each sip confirms the region’s ability to rival Chablis in capturing limestone essence from the intensely calcareous high-altitude plateau—focused, intense, and pure.

The Recaredo team takes extreme pains to do everything by hand. Each grape is hand-plucked before transport to the original cellar where Recaredo has made and stored each bottle since 1924. Their vast subterranean caves glitter with bottles stacked to the ceiling, all stoppered with natural cork for their secondary fermentations. Highly skilled team members hand-riddle the bottles as they rest on their lees for a minimum of three years, turning each with movements as precise as the ticking of a Swiss watch. Recaredo religiously eschews dosage (sugar addition), as the healthy, sun-drenched fruit needs no additions to shine. Finally, the wines are manually disgorged at cellar temperature instead of the standard process of freezing the bottlenecks to remove spent yeast cells—the final step before they’re corked anew and sent to discerning collectors the world over. 

This bottling just beginning to relax into its fullest potential; give it a few minutes of air in the glass to unfurl completely. It’s notes of quince-jam and red apple peel compliment an astonishingly taut and linear palate, almost totally untouched by time. The effervescence is ultrafine and wonderfully persistent, softening an otherwise fierce thread of minerality that clings to your teeth long after you swallow. Marzipan and vanilla bean balance crushed oysters and yellow plums, a titillating mélange made all the more enticing because the bottle disappears so darn quickly. Slow yourself down with an enormous Catalonian-inspired cheese board or some gougères, but don’t be surprised when the wine remains firmly the center of attention. These are genre-defying bubbles that must be tasted to be believed. 

Recaredo, Terres Brut Nature Corpinnat


Eastern Spain


The Montsant DO is Priorat’s downslope neighbor in northeastern
Spain, but other than differences in altitude, there isn’t much else to tell their terroirs apart. Both appellations contain some of the world’s greatest old-vine Garnacha (Grenache) in soils of fractured granite and shale known locally as llicorella. It is a Mediterranean climate, with wide diurnal temperature swings.

Eastern Spain


Technically, a wine labeled ‘Cava’ can be produced in several different regions, but Penedès, on Spain’s northern Mediterranean coast, is its
spiritual home. The climate is Mediterranean, the soils a favorable mix of limestone (key in pre-serving acids), sand, and clay, and Cava sparklers are crafted in the traditional ‘Champagne’ method. The traditional grapes used for Cava are Xarel-lo (cha-RAY-yo), Macabeu, and Parellada.

Northwestern Spain


Galicia is lusher, colder, wetter, and greener than most of the rest of Spain, especially where wine-growing
is concerned. Viticulture up here is some of the most “heroic” in the world, as vineyards cling to impossibly steep slopes along snaking rivers such as the Miño and
the Sil. The influence of the Atlantic Ocean is profound, often lending wines a salty, “sea spray” character.

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