(Bodega Caves Mestres)
With almost seven centuries of tradition to look back upon, this family-owned winery, located in the heart of the Cava denomination of origin has been a pioneer on several of the region’s historic occasions, creating one of the first Cavas without liqueur d’expédition in 1945. These days its vineyards amount to 20 hectares and its commitment to the locality is clearly shown by the restoring and integrating of classic Penedés varieties and those less frequently used, such as the Trepat for its rosé Cavas. The most distinctive features of Mestres are their craftsmanship and their wines aged over long periods in barrel.
A Cava the colour of old gold, with golden glints and a rosary of fine and extremely delicate bubbles.
With a definite oxidative character, highlights are the honeyed notes, orange peel, rich confectionery, spices like cloves and very pronounced smoky hints.
Suggestions of acid drop sweets contribute to a very favourable freshness. Evocative of amontillado sherry and barrel toasting, melding with yellow flowers. Very long and perfumed finish. Wonderful flavour and extremely memorable.
Once again, in an exceptional and purely commendable form, Cava justifies its claims as a wine for cellaring and one in constant evolution. Although truthfully this Mestres 1987 has reached its extreme old age evolving slightly, it is surprising to see how time has been trapped in its tiny, very delicate bubbles. Over-supervised and not lasting overly long - yet several producers are coming forward nowadays to disprove this statement, by releasing products after ten, fifteen or even more years as palpable proof that the evolution quality factor is outstanding. Mestres 1987 appears remarkable for sweeping history aside after almost 25 years to reveal a warmth, harmony and sincerity worthy of the best sparkling wines in the world. Pairing is a complex matter here and it deserves the respect of being served on its own, so that tasting and reflections can properly occur. A truly delightful Treasure.
from 12 to 14º C