Raventos i Blanc

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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Penedès
People: Raventós Family, Owners | Joana Vinas, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Items

Raventos i Blanc 2011 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login DEC 91 AG 92 In Stock
Raventos i Blanc 2014 'De Nit' Reserva Rosado, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login WA 89 In Stock
Raventos i Blanc 2014 'L'Hereu' Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login WA 90 In Stock
Raventos i Blanc 2008 'Manuel Raventos Negra' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login WA 93 In Stock
Raventos i Blanc (1.5 L) 2014 'De Nit' Reserva Rosado, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login In Stock
Raventos i Blanc 2011 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login In Stock
Raventos i Blanc 2014 'Silencis' Xarel-lo, Penedes DO Login AG 91 In Stock



Media Links
Robb Report: The Head of Raventós i Blanc Is a Rebel in the Wine World [Q&A]
Decanter: Rebel Harvest - In this week's column, Andrew Jefford looks back at the harvest at Raventos i Blanc and meeting 'Cava rebel' Pepe Raventos
Food & Wine: Can Cava Rival Champagne?
Wall Street Journal: Cava Seeks to Make a New Name for Itself
WineAnorak.com: Meeting Pepe Raventos
Wall Street Journal: Selling Cava in the City
Wine Geeks: Raventós i Blanc is Winery of the Month
Brunellos Have More Fun Blog: Raventós i Blanc & The Beginning of Cava

Social Media
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Raventós i Blanc YouTube
Blog:"Los Momentos de Pepe Raventos"

Raventós i Blanc was founded in 1986 by Josep-Maria Raventós, a member of the Cordoniu family who wished to create a small, quality-oriented winery that would stand apart from the large co-ops in the area. Today they own about 300 acres of vineyards (with a high percentage of Chalk in the soil, like Champagne) planted mostly to local varieties such as Macabeo (Viura), Xarel-lo and Parellada. 

Josep-Maria Raventós was President of the Sparkling Wine Department of the Wine Trade Union and was instrumental in establishing the Cava DO in 1970. The Codorniu family goes back to the 15th Century, and the Raventós married into this family in the 17th Century. "It was here in the town of Sant Sadurní d'Anoia that Jose Raventós, head of the family firm of Codorniu, made the first bottles of Champagne method sparkling wine after a visit to France in 1872" (Oxford Encyclopedia of Wine). 

Today, Pepe Raventós has taken Raventós i Blanc to the next level with his obsession for natural farming and winemaking that reflects the true terroir of this estate. As of 2012, Raventós i Blanc has left the Cava DO to pursue authentic and honest sparkling wines representative of their terroir Conca del Riu Anoia. Their wines are 100% estate produced, and the vines are farmed in a biodynamic way, allowing biosynergies between man, animals and plants. 

Raventós vineyards have spontaneous plant coverage, which creates soil with biodiversity, fertility and life. Composted manure is added in the winter as well as short pruning on the bush. In the spring, they green prune to balance the vines and prevent any diseases. Plant infusions are used as homeopathic treatments to minimize the use of sulfur salts for oidium and copper salts for mildew, which are permitted in organic farming.

The soil on the estate, in the basin of the River Anoia (Riu Anoia), is calcareous and date back to the oldest period of the Penedès depression some 16 million years ago, when the valley was still submerged beneath the Mediterranean Sea. The River Anoia has carved out its course, this being the only area of the Penedes region where these soils replete with tropical marine fossils have surfaced.

Reviews

  • Raventos 2011 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    Decanter
    Rating: 91 (5/1/2015)

    Everything about this speaks elegance and finesse. Delicate aromas of citrus and patisserie and a palate of green herbs and pomelo. From indigenous varieties. Drink 2015-2018.
  • Raventos 2014 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (6/1/2015)

    The 2012 Gran Reserva de la Finca Brut is again a blend of the three white grapes, Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada sourced form their older, slope plots planted with old vines. In this warm vintage the wine is quite round and approachable. It matured for an average of 36 months in contact with the lees (all their bottles have the disgorgement date) and there are notes of toasted bread and ripe yellow plums with a hint of fennel, unmistakably Mediterranean. The palate does not have the acidity and electricity of the 2013s. 2012 was an extremely short (40% lower yields) and very healthy vintage. It's approachable, supple and very clean. This is not a wine to lay down forever, as the lowish acidity of the vintage and the higher ripeness might make it age faster.
  • Raventos 2014 'Silencis' Xarel-lo, Penedes DO
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (1/21/2016)

    Light, slightly hazy yellow. Lively and focused on the nose, displaying lime zest, quince, chalky minerals and a suave floral nuance. The dry, racy and precise palate communicates zesty citrus and orchard fruit flavors that become fleshier with air. Finishes spicy, stony and very long, with excellent precision and cut. Fruit for this wine comes from a single vineyard that's planted on sandy, limestone-rich soil.
  • Raventos 2014 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (1/21/2016)

    Vivid gold. Lively, mineral-tinged citrus and orchard fruit aromas are joined by lovely notes of jasmine, green tea, honey and ginger. Fleshy, dry and sharply focused on the palate, with Meyer lemon, pear skin and quince flavors that spread out and deepen on the back half. At once rich, nervy and lithe, this wine displays excellent finishing thrust, length and resonating minerality.
  • Raventos 2011 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (1/21/2016)

    Yellow-gold. Zesty mineral and orange zest flourishes brighten musky pear skin, peach pit, chamomile and brown butter aromas. Full, fleshy and emphatically dry, with sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors that are accented by fennel, toasted nuts and chalky mineral notes. Walks a fine line between richness and delicacy, finishing extremely long and emphatically stony. This bottling is consistently one of Spain's finest and most complex sparkling wines – and this year's release is no exception. It's one of greatest bubbly values in the world, too.
  • Raventos 2008 'Manuel Raventos Negra' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (10/28/2016)

    2008 was not an easy vintage, but often challenging vintages result in very good wines, as seems to be the case of the 2008 Manuel Raventós Negra, a Xarello-based blend with 15% each Macabeo and Parellada, presented as a Brut Nature and disgorged at least after six years in contact with the lees. This 2008 is sharp and direct, very lively, vertical and mineral. This is probably a little thinner, but I like the austerity, the verticality it displays. This is the more evolved of the three vintages produced. 3,425 bottles produced.
  • Raventos 2014 'L'Hereu' Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (10/28/2016)

    The young and fresh 2014 Blanc de Blancs is the new name of the L'Hereu, produced with fruit from the traditional estate from their historical vineyard La Plana (the flatland), plus a new Vinya del Llac vineyard (of the lake) planted some 40 years ago; it is a classical blend of 40% Xarello, 40% Macabeo and 20% Parellada, with nice structure and complexity for a wine that has been disgorged after some 18 months in contact with the lees in bottle. This is a wine of balance, with subtle minerality, soft and fresh, a wine you never get tired of drinking. The bubbles are small and nicely integrated in the wine, giving it a creamy texture. There are notes of white flowers and some nuts, and an almost salty finish. This is a Brut with something between three and five grams of sugar, but it feels very dry. All bottles here carry the disgorgement date on the back label, as the first bottles of this cuvée are released after 18 months sur lie, and the latest ones after almost 30 months.
  • Raventos 2014 'De Nit' Reserva Rosado, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (10/28/2016)

    The pale pink 2014 De Nit is a blend of 37% each Macabeo and Xarello with 18% Parellada and some 7% of red Monastrell, from the west-facing part of the El Serral vineyard that adds color without losing freshness. There is no maceration, so the color is subtle, and so is the nose, following the path of the Blanc de Blancs; the basic blend is quite similar and from more or less the same origin. 2014 was a warmish and low yielding year, but the wine is surprisingly fresh with some peach flavors in the finish. The profile is very much the definition of the house style: clean, precise and balanced. A tasty Rosé. It was disgorged after no less than 18 months sur lie.