2007 Cava, Brut Nature Gran Reserva "Coquet" (Mestres, Heretat)
Heretat Mestres, Brut Nature Gran Reserva Cava, Penedes, Spain 200740% Xarel-lo, 30% Macabeo, 30% Parellada FRESH LEMON JUICE, SLATE, CHRYSANTHEMUM & HONEY The Mestres family has presided over and protected the same 80 hectares for seven centuries (and one year as of 2013!), maintaining just as secure a grip on their traditions. Not only was Josep Mestres, in the first quarter of the 20th century, among the earliest pioneers in Spain's production of sparkling wine, he apparently is responsible for the coining of the term "Cava" as well, referring to the meticulous work and aging which occurs in the cellars or "caves" following harvest. This bold example offers an especially clear taste of the honeyed citrus-spice of the Xarel-lo grape, which shines brightly through the delectably mature mousse. Serving Suggestions: Muscovy duck & pork paté w/ orange peel & a honey-horseradish sauce. Flatbread w/ crispy roasted anchovies.