The L’Hereu is the premier label in the Raventos i Blanc lineup, considered the finest symbol of how Raventos likes to work with the complexities and soil varieties in their estate.
Raventos is a very famous name in the Cava world, as it was Josep Raventos Fatjo who in 1872 produced the first sparkling wine in the region.
Today, Pepe Raventos is in charge of company direction. Pepe Raventos is the 21st generation (yes, 21st) of Raventos growing grapes in Penedes, a family with a long tradition as vine growers since 1497 and as producers of sparkling wines since 1872. Years ago the family was associated with Codorniu, but Pepe’s grandfather left because of management disagreements and in 1986 started the Raventos i Blanc project based on the fruit of his own property.
For the L’Hereu, the grapes are harvested by hand and rapidly delivered to the winery, where they are processed via a gravity flow system. At each stage of the production process the atmosphere is controlled by dry ice. Assemblage is followed by bottle fermentation and ageing for at least 15 months in the neck-down position.
90 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
Let’s start with the 2011 L’Hereu Brut, a blend of Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada from their own vineyards and some grapes sourced from growers located in the Anoia valley in Penedes, which aged for 18 months. All bottles have the disgorgement date on the back label, so they are not all the same in bottle with 8.5 grams of residual sugar. It is pale yellow-colored with fresh notes of apple and yeasts, some toasted bread with a sharp palate with high acidity, clean and refreshing, powerful yet elegant, with a citric finish. Drink now..