Julia Bernet “Cuvée U” Xarel-lo 2018 Corpinnat 750 ML (12.5% ABV)
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In the small Catalan town of Subirats lives a wine grower by the name of Xavier Bernet. Here at his winery, named for his daughter Julia, he produces sparkling wines with poise and precision. These are pure wines indicative of terroir and varietal, part of a small yet growing movement to help restore the reputation of Penedès sparkling wines as fine wine. Xavi is part of a collective of winemakers who have left the DO Cava and formed their own group, called Corpinnat, in order to pursue a more terroir driven alternative. Spain is the second largest producer of sparkling wine in the world, and those under the DO Cava can come from different municipalities all over Spain. There are Cava houses producing millions of bottles, and the all-encompassing rules allow for a wide variety of style and quality, which is why Xavi’s work is so important.
Corpinnat (translating loosely to the “Heart of Penedés”) has several stringent rules that set it apart from the Cava DO. Organic certification is required for all vineyards and all grapes must be harvested by hand.
He owns 7 hectares in Penedès and all of his production comes from his own vines. From the planting of the vineyard to disgorgement and the finished wine, Xavi is involved in all aspects of the grape’s journey to glass.
100% Xarello from Xavi’s own vines, all of which are certified organic. Vines range in age from 15-40 years old and are grown on calcareous soils. The wine is aged in stainless steel for two years on lees before release. Lightly filtered with no dosage or added sulfur.
Nutty, terroir-driven, bubbly that tells a story. This is the kind of wine we love to support.