Wine Advocate 90 points - The N.V. L’Hereu de Raventos I Blanc was produced by the methode champenoise, unusual for such an inexpensive bubbly. A blend of Macabeo, Xarello, and Parellada, it exhibits an attractive mousse and refreshing crisp acidity on the palate. Balanced, tasty, and with good length, this is a great value in Cava. ”
Talking about the wines, 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. (Aug 2008)
A blend of 60% Macabeo, 20% Xarel-lo and 20% Parellada from 100% estate-bottled fruit, the Brut â€śLâ€™Hereuâ€ť from Raventos is simply one of the best examples of Cava available at this (or any) price point! 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.