Wine review: Vallformosa Clasic Brut

Vallformosa is owned by the Domenech family and is like many other cava producers located in Sant Sadurni d’Anioa. Their range includes a full line-up of interesting cavas and table wines but we were a bit limited for choice as we picked this up at Koh samui (Wine Connection) and there they offered only the semi seco (the sweet) as well as Clasic Brut (yes for some reason Clasic is spelled with one ‘s’, not clear why but that is the way it is so no typo). The Clasic has 10.3 grams per liter residual sugar and 11.5 percent alcohol. The blend is made of traditional cava grapes so 40% Xarel-lo, 30 % Macabeo, and 30 % Parallada.

The color is light yellowish. Bubbles are small and non-aggresive and it almost indicates a longer aging period. The nose has notes green apples and almond with a slight toastiness as well as yeast. The flavor is creamy and soft. While this is a brut there is a hint of sweetness from the small dosage but not overwhelming and there is a lemon zest to it. There is also a nice brioche like character hiding in the background of the flavors and some mineral in the finish. This cava clearly benefits from being drunk cold as the sweetness becomes more apparent when it warms up.

Looking at a rating this is an entry level cava so it is a non-offensive choice but it will not excite so it is a 2.5 in quality and in value for money it is a 2 (in Thailand it was 800 THB so roughly €22). The vintage 2010 can however, for the Finnish readers, be found at Alko for less than €10 and if that would be the price level it is much more interesting. I am however more excited to try some of the more premium cuvées from Vallformosa as it shows great promise.

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