Wine review: Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvée Brut

1 02 2014

One of the best Cavas ever tasted!

Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvée Brut  - reijosfood.com

Spain´s sparkling wine, Cava, is part of a controlled appellation (D.O. Cava), which is concentrated in the Penedés region, just south of Barcelona.

Freixenet sparkling wine house has a long history that began in the early 1200s. Production of sparkling wines of Freixenet company began in 1900 as early as Ferrer and Sala winemaker families merged. Freixenet is now one of the largest producer of cavas which are made with champagne method.

Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvée Brut includes Chardonnay, Macabeo, Parellada and Pinot Noir grapes. Macabeu is the most popular grape in Penedes region, but Chardonnay makes this Cava special.

THE LOOK

Shape of the bottle is elegant, more stylish than basic Cava bottles.

Color of wine is pale yellow. Small bubbles last long.

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THE NOSE

The bouquet is balanced without disturbing side scents. Pleasant, elegant aromas like ripe pineapple and peach can be found.

THE TASTE

The palate is soft and appealing to start, opening into those same flavours, combining a clean, crisp acidity, and developing into a long balanced finish. No disturbing savors.

Facts and figures:

Alcohol: 11,50 %
Extract: 22 g/l
Acidity: 5,4 g/l
Sugar: 7 g/l
Energy: 70 kcal / 100 ml (300 kJ / 100 ml)
Closure: natural cork

Elyssia is perfect for aperitif and pairs well with mildly spiced food. As bottle was received as a gift, bang for the buck can not be reviewed, but it is worth of it.

REVIEW: OVERALL GRADE 4,5/5 – BANG FOR THE BUCK N/A

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4 responses

2 03 2014
meandhetravel

We’ve just returned from three weeks in India, where Freixenet Cava was on every Oberoi and Taj Hotel wine list. And for good reason. Having tried various vintages, it never disappointed and proved to be a happy partner to Indian cuisine. We did not see the Elyssia Gran Cuvee Brut but will look for it now that we are back in New York!

3 03 2014
reijosfood

Cava and India, interesting! Would be nice to know what is the connection between Spain and India. Or maybe Freixenet has done good job.

2 02 2014
meandhetravel

Excellent recommendation!

2 02 2014
reijosfood

Thanks for reading the post. Have you already tried Elyssia?

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