Cava Brut Nature Grand Reserva "Terrers", Recaredo 2014 (Catalonia, Spain)

Recaredo’s flagship Cava, “Terrers” is a blend of 54% Xarel-lo, 42% Macabeu, and 4% Parellada. Five solid years on the lees imbues the wine with sumptuous depth, yet there is none of the excessive yeastiness or clumsy creaminess that sometimes blur terroir expression in such long-aged sparkling wines. Instead, a subdued but persistent mousse serves as a texturally enchanting delivery system for pure limestone essence, framed by crunchy yellow fruits and a lacing of dried honey. Although, like all of Recaredo’s Cavas, “Terrers” receives no dosage, it does not scream shrilly of its dryness—it hangs together beautifully, comfortable in its harmony of acid, mineral, and fruit. The taster is left with, above all, a striking sense of elegance that is exceedingly hard to come by in the sparkling wines of this region—and it is this elusive elegance in particular that makes Recaredo the greatest Cava producer there is.