Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2007 Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva Brut Nature has an addition of 10% Chardonnay to the native varieties and spent a longer period on its lees. Aromas and flavors of brioche, mineral, white fruits, and baking spices lead to a dry (Nature indicates zero dosage), crisp, balanced, lengthy wine offering outstanding value. The use of Chardonnay and no dosage adds considerable sophistication to this first-class effort. ” (May 2011)
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Reserva de la Familia is the flagship cuvee of the Juve y Camps estate winery. In the beginning days of their winemaking, the Juve y Camps family had their own reserve of this Cava, and it is still the only Brut Nature that they make. Made from the free run juice of traditional varieties Macabeo, Xarel.lo and Parellada and a touch of Chardonnay, this is the Cava of choice of Spain’s royal family, and it is regularly served at all official banquets.
Its fresh profile makes it a perfect match for pate, seafood, tapas, paellas, grilled poultry or cured meats.
Juve y Camps is a family-owned winery located in San Sadurni d’Anoia, a small town in the northeastern Penedes region near Barcelona. Founded in 1921 by Joan Juve Baques and his wife Teresa Camps Farre, the winery’s three-generation history has resulted in an international reputation for producing top-quality Cava.
The story of Juve y Camps actually began over 200 years ago when Joan Juve Mir, a bold and enterprising vine grower with ideas ahead of his time, laid the foundation for what would become the family firm. His son, Antoni Juve Escaiola, carried on the legacy. There were many challenges, including the terrible phylloxera plague. Advocating replanting (as did other leading figures of the Penedes), he led a drive to restore the vineyards and to rebuild the region’s wine production. Respected and loved by his contemporaries, his example encouraged his son, Joan Juve Baques, to build the family’s first winery. Joan Juve Baques married Teresa Camps Farre, an exceptional woman and an enthusiastic supporter who, in 1921, inspired her husband to launch the first sparkling wine under the Juve brand. It was made in the underground cellars beneath the family home in San Sadurni d’Anoia.
Today, Juve y Camps has established itself as the most highly regarded Cava producer in Spain. Juve y Camps wines are regularly served at state banquets given by Spain’s Royal Family and are offered to visitors and guests by the National Government, the Senate and Congress.
LOCATION OF VINEYARD
Juve y Camps comprises 2700 acres of vineyards. Those acres are divided into three properties where native varieties Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown.
From the beginning, the winery’s philosophy has been to use only traditional, high-quality winemaking practices. Its Cava is made in the metodo tradicional, as is Champagne, meaning it undergoes a secondary, in-bottle fermentation prompted by the addition of yeast and sugar. The wines are often aged in bottle for 18 months or more.
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