47 World-Renowned Wines
The first historical reference is found in the will of Jaume, the pioneer of Codorníu, when he proudly mentions the importance of his vineyard and the equipment used in tending the vines. The next milestone dates from 1659 when a young lady named Anna Codorníu, heir to the property of Cava Codorníu, married winegrower Miquel Raventós. Since then, the Raventós family has been the owner of Codorníu, however Anna's surname has been retained as a prestigious international brand name.
Two centuries later Josep Raventós Fatjó was born and began to write the story of Cava. After his death in 1885, Manuel Raventós inherited Cava Codorníu and, like his father, altered the direction of the family business to be completely devoted to making Cava. He built a large winery in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia and Codorníu began producing 100,000 bottles of Cava annually. With demand increasing, construction of a new winery began. The work extended over 20 years - from 1895 to 1915 - and as a result, a notable work of art was born. In time, it came to be known as the Cathedral of Cava.
Today, Codorníu is the leading producer of Spanish Cava and is run by a seventeenth-generation member of the Codorníu family. In addition to the Cava business, Codorníu now owns 11 wineries around the world.
The 2007 Gran Reserva Chardonnay Brut has a strong yeasty bouquet with touches of dried herbs and jasmine. The palate is crisp and vivacious, possessing greater build in the mouth than the Pinot Noir, with a lovely, crisp, minerally finish with lemon sorbet and peach lingering in the mouth.
This mouthwatering version offers fine texture and balance with flavors of poached apple, almond financier, candied lemon zest and ground spice. A hint of smoky mineral shows on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2016.
The 2007 Gran Reserva Pinot Noir Brut from Conca de Barbera has a yeasty, bready nose with touches of dried honey. The palate is fresh and lively with subtle peach and orange sorbet notes that lead to a crisp, focused and again, very pretty finish. This is a simple but attractive Cava.
Firm and finely knit, with understated flavors of spiced plum, black cherry, licorice and cherry blossom all backed by vibrant acidity. Delivers a mouthwatering, zesty finish. Drink now through 2016.