The longest aged Spanish sparkling ever is still available!
I received the press release in November, and right then I visited Recaredo with a small group. As I learnt there, almost all the bottles of this recorder Corpinnat had already been sold immediately. However, now I can see that on some online shops Turó d’en Mota 1999 Enoteca release is still available! If you are interested, act right now!
A recorder from the beginning
If you visit Recaredo, towards the end of the visit you will be taken to a “sacred” part of the underground labyrinth, the place where different vintages of Turó d’en Mota are ageing silently. When it was first created, it was the first sparkling wine in Spain made of 100% Xarel·lo grape, and it was the first single vineyard sparkling wine as well. 25 vintages passed and now Turó d’en Mota 1999 is released, a recorder spending the longest time in the history of Spanish sparkling wines with 23 years and 5 months!
Only 2973 bottles were made in 1999, and certainly most of them were already released, however a small batch was kept in the cellar, in the ‘rima’. From this batch now 150 numbered bottles were released, and you can still find some bottles. The recommended retail price by Recaredo is 575 euros.
Order Turó d’en Mota 1999
Score by Miquel Hudin: 99+
The rarity was presented at El Celler de Can Roca restaurant in Girona, Catalunya with a unique vertical tasting of all the 25 vintages of Turó d’en Mota. The lucky wine professionals, who could participate in the tasting shared their opinion of the longest age sparkling wine of Spanish history.
Amaya Cerbera on Spanish Wine Lover wrote the following review of the wine: “The nose is complex, with abundant toasty notes, hints of infused herbs and a background of earthy tones. On the palate, the fine bitterness, good acidity and excellent integration of all its elements stand out. With the bubbles also very melted and that intermediate place between wine and sparkling wine; between the terroir and the seal of ageing.”
Miquel Hudin Catalunya based Californian wine writer uses attributives for the unusual wine and gave it 99+ points: “Very light creme fraiche and vanilla crispness, light porcini and pie crust, baked yellow apple. Excellent and delicate on the palate with soft agility and a threaded acidity that winds through it perfectly as it opens.”
The “Romanée Conti of the Penedès”
(Text from the press release)
“Dubbed the Romanée Conti of the Penedès by Master of Wine Pedro Ballesteros, the Turó d’en Mota vineyard gives its name to a Corpinnat that has managed to position itself as one of the benchmark sparkling wines, earning accolades from leading wine publications.
Turó d’en Mota is one of the few surviving old vineyards in the Penedès region. Planted in 1940, the Turó d’en Mota vineyard is located in the municipality of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, on the slopes of the hill from which it takes its name, which is crowned by a lush Mediterranean forest of pines and shrubs.
The vineyard has two distinctive features: soil that contains an abundance of calcareous nodules and a north-eastern exposure that favours a slower growth cycle. The vines are bush-trained (traditional unsupported formation) and the plot covers an area of 0.97 hectares.”
More about Turó d’en Mota 1999
My earlier article about Turó d’en Mota vineyard