Cruzat Cuvée Reserve Extra Brut

Cruzat Cuvée Reserve Extra Brut

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • This rich/leesy extra brut sets a new standard of excellence in terms of Latin American sparkling wine.
  • Sourced from estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines that sit at 4,600 feet in elevation.

Varietal Composition: 75% Pinot Noir 25% Chardonnay

Elaboration: Fermentation takes place at temperatures between 57° and 61° F in stainless steel tanks. Aged 18 months on lees, and an additional 24 months in bottle prior to disgorgement.

Tasting Notes: “Pale, bright, copper-tinged orange. Restrained aromas of strawberry, watermelon and fresh herbs. A faint touch of sweetness (six grams per liter) lifts the wine’s subtle red fruit and saline flavors, with a touch of minerality giving the back end a tactile quality. I like the balance between the subtle red fruit, lees and mineral components. Supple, nuanced sparkling wine from a winery that was established in 2004 with the objective of creating quality bubblies for the high-end market.” – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

PRESS

NV – 90 pts Wine Advocate

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

Bodega Cruzat was founded in 2004 by Argentina’s “King of Bubbles,” Pedro Rosell, along with three well-known partners – Gaston Cruzat, Hernan Boher, and Carlos Barros. From day one the winery’s objective has been to produce South America’s best sparkling wines, using the traditional method of second in-bottle fermentation. With the combination of tradition, knowledge, and technology, Cruzat sparkling wines reflect the never-ending search for excellence with concern for for every detail in the winemaking process.

The winery is located in the old winemaking region of Perdriel, south of the Mendoza River, at the foot of the Cordon del Plata mountain range. All wines are made from high elevation estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines, many of which sit at an unbelievable 4,600+ feet. Dosage is low across the board, resulting in verve/tension levels that we’ve simply never before seen in this part of the world.