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The Ars Collecta range symbolizes the legacy of almost five centuries of Codorníu oenological mastery. Ars Collecta Blanc de Noirs Great Reserve is handcrafted in Celler Jaume, an autonomous micro-cellar within Codorníu focused on innovation and research, erected in exactly the same place where Josep Raventós produced the first bottle of cava in 1872.
The experience and exhaustive knowledge of our vineyards have allowed us to create this coupage of varietals from two climatic zones and vineyards where the varietals show their greatest potential. Pinot Noir del Segrià (Continental), the main varietal, brings freshness and aging potential. Trepat de Conca de Barberà (Continental) and Xarel·lo del Penedès (Mediterranean) complement the coupage. A Great Reserve, complex, expressive and long-lived.
Cava produced from a selection of vineyards, where the grape varieties show their greatest potential and expressivity. The main grape variety is Pinot Noir from Costers del Segre with a continental climate. The Trepat is from Conca de Barberà, also an area with a continental climate, and the Xarel·lo is from the central plain of Penedès with a Mediterranean climate. Harvest took place at the start of August at night, to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and to avoid the oxidation of aromas in the grape. Upon arrival, the grapes were pressed gently in a pneumatic press and the must was fermented in small lots at 17 ºC. After ageing for 35 months at a constant temperature between the thick walls of our cellars, this Blanc de Noirs Great Reserve has a long life ahead of it. Every part of the process that we follow to produce this cava has the aim of respecting what the land gives us, creating a fresh cava with a long ageing potential.
The 2015 vintage was perhaps one of the very best of recent years in our vineyards in Costers del Segre, source of part of the Pinot Noir grapes that go into this cava. Weather conditions were very favourable: the low rainfall led to healthy conditions at harvest and the combination of cool night time temperatures and warm daytime conditions led to optimum ripeness. Although the start of the cycle was a little later than usual, the high temperatures in spring and summer brought it back in line with what we could consider to be a normal cycle. The cold nights, the warm, sunny days and the complete lack of rain allowed us to wait as long as necessary to achieve red grapes with excellent phenolic ripeness and great aromatic intensity. Certain vineyards were carefully selected for their quality potential and were harvested at different moments in the interest of gaining greater aromatic richness and complexity; therefore the wines are very flavourful and pleasurable. In Conca de Barberà the summer was warm and the grapes ripened quickly. Rainfall in mid-August favoured the development of the grape vines at the highest altitudes -where our Trepat comes from. As for the Pinot Noir parcels, the drainage of the slate soils allowed the plants to recover from the heat of the summer, without affecting the health of the grapes. In Penedès, a warm summer gave us intense Xarel·lo grapes with a very varietal profile and fruit intensity that remains in even the longest aged cavas.