Wine Review: Vilarnau Xarel.lo Castanyer Reserva Brut Nature Cava

During our last trip to Barcelona, we visited Caves de Vilarnau, an interesting sparkling wine producer in the capital of cava, Sant Sadurni (read about visit here). Vilarnau had been on our minds since the last Cavatast and we wanted to sample the full selection. As we toured the cellars our friends at Vilarnau told us about their new products and experiments, one of them being a 100% Xarel.lo wine aged in traditional chestnut barrels. They explained that that chestnut was the way wine was aged in the old days in Catalonia. That already sounded delicious, so my curiosity was on a high, not to mention that the bottle looked inviting to the eye. I think our friends at Vilarnau could see my excitement as we received a bottle as a gift before we departed from the cellar.

Beautiful design of the bottle
Beautiful design of the bottle
Light golden color
Light golden color

Last week we finally popped open the bottle of the Vilarnau Castanyer and yes it was indeed delicious. More like a white wine with bubbles, it had charisma and a light chestnut flavor. The nose had some tropical and balsamic notes with a hint of chamomile and custard (even the idea of soft cheese in the scent was thrown around). Creamy and soft on the palate yet fresh. This cava is a beautiful pairing with some traditional Catalonian foods, tomato bread, grilled vegetables and cheeses.

This cava is something different. The bottle and the design of the label are beautiful, and the light golden color of the cava fits that really well. I would love to see this wine in our selection (perhaps I someday will). All in all I give it a 4 in quality. Value for money it is difficult to say as it is only sold through Vilarnau’s own sales channel for 14.50 €. I would gladly pay this price and perhaps even more to have it available here in Sweden.

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