July 23, 2017

Anna de Codorniu Cava Blanc de Blancs

By In Wine To Try
From early spring through to these damp days of July several sparkling wines have enlivened a rather jaded palate. Some were perfectly pleasant, but didn’t really exicit. Others were rather disappointing. But some… well they did excit. Anna de Codorniu Cava Blanc de Blancs being one.

Socail events, drinking in the real world, away from the artificial setting of trade tastings, seem to play a huge amount in enjoying wine. At least for me. This strikingly packaged bottle of cava was opened on a wobbly launch zig-zagging its way up the Thames from Benson to Abingdon and back; served alongside bacon butties for a 10am brunch it certainly set the day off well.

Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs is one of a range this large producer is experimenting with. At the moment the only place you can try it in the UK is at a pop-up bar Anna de Codorníu Terrace on the Thames in the 17th-century Grade I-listed Columbia Wharf at DoubleTree Hilton Docklands. The pop-up runs until the end of September.

“Made using the same complex method of champagne, the Método Tradicional, the drier tasting notes of cava offer more versatile qualities which complement and enhance a large variety of flavours. With less added sugar than prosecco, it is suited to anything from salads and seafood to charcuterie and desserts. The experimentation of luxury brands such as Codorníu, the gourmet sparkling of Barcelona, has culminated in a variety of cavas from Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Dulce Cava and Codorníu Zero (alcohol free) from this pioneering producer.

Spain‘s oldest winery, open since 1551, it has been female led from the beginning; the foundations of the current winery were laid by Anna de Codorníu who was the first to incorporate the Chardonnay varietal (Codorníu’s most iconic cava).”

Anna de Codorniu Cava Blanc de Blanc

Anna de Cororniu Cava

I was under the impression that Anna de Codorniu Cava isn’t available commercially. But I checked out Amazon and there it is! Prices range from £15 for a single bottle to £91.25 for six.

“The essence of Anna. vivaciousness, freshness and fruitiness.” Bruno Colomer, Oenologist

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