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 2017 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login DEC 96 In Stock
Raventos i Blanc 2018 'De Nit' Reserva Rosado, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login WS 89 DEC 91 In Stock
Raventos i Blanc (1.5 L) 2015 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login WS 91 In Stock
Raventos i Blanc 2018 Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login WS 90 AG 92 DEC 90 In Stock
Raventos i Blanc 2014 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login AG 93 WA 93 In Stock
Raventos i Blanc 2016 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login WS 90 AG 94 DEC 95 In Stock
Raventos i Blanc 2011 'Manuel Raventos Negra' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona Login WS 92 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
Twitter: @RaventosiBlanc
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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 2014 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (4/25/2019)

    Powerful, spice-accented red berry, orange zest, buttered toast and floral scents are underscored by an intense mineral nuance. Broad, chewy and focused on the palate, offering deeply concentrated citrus fruit, red berry and spicy ginger flavors. Hints of smoky lees and chamomile build on the back half. Powerful yet lithe in character, displaying superb finishing thrust, energy and mineral-driven persistence. (aged for 42 months on its lees and bottled with no dosage)
  • Raventos 2011 'Manuel Raventos Negra' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (9/30/2019)

    A leesy hint of pastry dough on the nose leads to a finely meshed palate of toasted almond, dried white cherry and citrus peel flavors in this sparkler, with a streak of racy salinity. Firm and focused, offering a lingering finish of spice, coffee and mineral. Drink now through 2024.
  • Raventos 2014 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (8/30/2019)

    The 2014 Textures de Pedra comes from a dry year that was warmer than 2013 but a little cooler than 2015, and the wine reflects that. It comes from their higher-altitude vineyard (some 250 meters in altitude) with alluvial soils covered by boulders á la Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which give very low yields. With time, the clay has been washed down to the lower-altitude places, and this part has remained stony and poor, which is the character the soil transmits to the wine. This is sold one year later than the De la Finca, after some four years in bottle with the lees. This is a serious, austere and mineral sparkling wine with a very strong mineral sensation and a dry, salty finish.
  • Raventos (1.5 L) 2015 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (9/30/2019)

    A harmonious sparkler that layers a firm spine of acidity with well-meshed flavors of apricot, toast point, sliced almond and white raspberry. Hints of saffron and saline play on the satiny finish. Drink now through 2025.
  • Raventos 2018 Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (6/30/2021)

    This sparkling wine shows nice balance, with focused flavors of white currant, brioche, slivered almond and nectarine, underscored with a chalky minerality, and a fine, elegant mousse. Drink now through 2025.
  • Raventos 2018 'De Nit' Reserva Rosado, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89 (6/30/2021)

    This pale pink sparkling rosé is firmed by rapier-like acidity, and is lightly chalky in texture, offering a subtle range of white raspberry, lemon thyme and blanched almond, with accents of graphite and spice on the finish. Enjoy it with food, such as salumi, or other light fare
  • Raventos 2016 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (6/30/2021)

    Hints of petrol and saline are the minerally entrance for this elegant sparkler. Layers lightly mouthwatering acidity and flavors of white cherry, Marcona almond and kumquat on the fine mousse, and is long and persistent on the finish. Disgorged October 2020.
  • Raventos 2018 Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (3/15/2021)

    Pale, green-tinged yellow. Lively, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruits and succulent flowers on the nose, along with fennel and ginger accents that build as the wine stretches out. Sharply focused and lively on the palate, offering intense Meyer lemon, pear skin and honeysuckle flavors underscored by a smoky mineral quality. Shows impressive energy and minerally thrust on the finish, which hangs on with strong tenacity.
  • Raventos 2016 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (3/15/2021)

    A highly complex bouquet evokes mineral-accented pear, quince, orange and pungent flowers, along with hints of tarragon and ginger. Juicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated tangerine, Anjou pear, persimmon and honeysuckle flavors that pick up a smoky nuance on the back half. Blends power and delicacy with a deft hand and finishes extremely long and precise, with repeating florality and a touch of smoky lees. This finely detailed, vibrant wine delivers superb value in the context of world-class sparklers.
  • Raventos 2017 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    Decanter
    Rating: 96 (7/7/2021)

    Gold Medal for World Wine Awards 2021! Intense honey, pear skin, apple and citrus fruit nose. Elegant and toasty in the mouth with a mineral-salty character. Long, expressive finish. A beautiful wine. Second glass please!
  • Raventos 2016 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    Decanter
    Rating: 95 (7/7/2021)

    Gold Medal for World Wine Awards 2021! Very fragrant with dried peach, apricot and cast iron aromas. Palate bursts with savoury character: peanut brittle, toasted bread, linseed oil. Lovely, creamy mousse, very long, and definitely memorable.
  • Raventos 2018 Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    Decanter
    Rating: 90 (7/7/2021)

    Chamomile tea, pear and tropical fruit nose and palate, some woody undertones and a persistent finish. Nice balance and tension.
  • Raventos 2018 'De Nit' Reserva Rosado, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
    Decanter
    Rating: 91 (7/7/2021)

    Simple nose but very pretty red crunchy fruit and mulberries on the palate. Pleasant acidity and excellent length. Very pretty.