Wine review: Anna de Codorniu Brut Blanc de Blancs

30 07 2014

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Anna de Codorníu is the flagship cava of Codorniu bodega and was the first to incorporate the Chardonnay variety in its blend as early as 1984. Delicate, elegant and fresh, this is the best tribute to the last person in the Codorníu family to use the family surname.

The Anna range is a collection of fresh, elegant and delicate cavas with a unique personality. Blanc de Blancs was introduced in October 2013 and it obviously tries to compete against Moet & Chandon and Lanson with their “white” champagnes. Similar set of white coolers and glasses supplements the package. One big difference is that Anna is dry (brut) trying not to tempt customers favoring sweeter bubbling wines. And it is Cava, not Champagne.

Blanc de Blancs should include only Chardonnay grapes, as far as I know? Anna has 70% Chardonnay, 15% Parellada and 15% Xarello, Macabeo. Is it then Blanc de Blancs?

Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs - reijosfood.com

THE LOOK

White bottle is refreshing for cava and suits especially for summer time enjoyments.

Wine is more yellow than Cavas usually are.

Anna is cava with a fine and persistent bubbles that forms a continuous string of tiny bubbles. But bubbles dissappeared quite quickly.

THE NOSE

Full of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Funny, but first time could really find some bouquet of toast.

THE TASTE

Soft and balanced without disruptive flavors. 70% Chardonnay is the reason for all of this.

Facts:

Alcohol 11,5%, Sugar 8 g/l

 

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Wine suits for aperitif and pairs with almost every food. However, would not choose it for red meats but for chicken and pork definately.

Bottle tasted was bought from cruise ship between Helsinki and Tallinn. Therefore it was really affordable and earns 3 plus marks.

REVIEW: OVERALL GRADE 4+/5 – BANG FOR THE BUCK +++/+++

Annas Blanc de Blancs | Anna de Codorníu.

 


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20 10 2014
Sparkling Wine: Anna Gets Her Bubbles On | cravedfw

[…] However, in both of these examples the beading had essentially stopped after five minutes. I found one other account online of this early dissipation, but I am not sure if it is bottle variation or a wine […]

30 07 2014
cheapwinecurious

It’s on my list! Must have. xo

30 07 2014
Please Bring Me My Wine

Had that one recently in Barcelona, a lovely late afternoon pick-me-up!

30 07 2014
reijosfood

Nice to hear that you also liked it.

30 07 2014
cheapwinecurious

Very nice notes! Enjoyed your post as I am a Champagne & sparkling wine fanatic! I believe you are correct – for a sparkling wine to be a Blanc de Blancs it must consist of 100% Chardonnay (per Jancis and Hugh in my World Atlas of Wine,) but as I was intrigued, I found the following on winesearcher.com:
“The most commonly used variety in Blancs de Blancs wine is Chardonnay. This is hardly surprising, given Chardonnay’s high status and popularity in the Champagne region. Less obvious, however, are the other four grape varieties that the appellation laws permit for use: Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier and Arbane.” (© All rights reserved, Wine-Searcher.)
Which leads me to assume that Spain may take some license with the wine laws for Cava. When in Spain, do as the Spaniards – just pop the cork and enjoy! I love the bottle design, I will definitely be seeking this out. Cheers! xo

30 07 2014
reijosfood

Thanks for additional information! Anyway the amount of Chardonnay is so huge that it makes Anna quite different from other Cavas.

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