Codorníu claims a first with new cava

18 February, 2011

Codorníu is claiming a first for Spain with the release of the country’s only sparkling wine made exclusively from black grapes.

Reina Maria Cristina Reserva Vintage 2008 cava is made with Pinot Noir and has an rrp of £14.99.

The company hopes it will encourage cava drinkers to trade up from the sub-£10 end of the market.?“In 1983, we were the first Spanish winery to create a cava using Chardonnay, and in 2001 we released the first-ever rosé cava made from Pinot Noir,” said brand manager Jo Sorenson.?Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs is a traditional-method sparkling wine, aged for 18 to 24 months and made from fruit sourced from Lleida. Codorníu claims the oldest and most extensive vineyard planting of Pinot Noir in Spain and has been growing the varietal for 25 years.?The wine is packaged in a gothic-shaped bottle, with neck-hangers explaining the product’s background.

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