Those familiar with the fascinating world of Cava, Spain’s flagship traditional method sparkling, will also be no strangers to Juvé & Camps. As one of the denomination’s pioneering producers, whose roots date back to the late 18th century, the family-owned company has set a benchmark for age-worthy, vintage cuvées that convey a sense of place and authenticity. They are a product of a long lineage of passion, commitment and craftsmanship, translated into expressive, characterful wines.
Working with estate-grown fruit only, Juvé & Camps has been able to scale up without ever compromising on quality standards – all of the company’s 271 hectares have been organically certified since 2015. This explains the consistency across a range which, although with a strong focus on Reservas and Gran Reservas, delivers quality and terroir expressiveness across all styles and price points. This was perfectly showcased in the selection presented at Decanter’s London Fine Wine Encounter (LFWE) on November 11th.
Among the eight wines, attendees had a chance to taste were the iconic Reserva de La Familia, an unapologetic and characterful Brut Nature deeply rooted in the company’s history, and La Capella, a Cava de Paraje Calificado that showcases the full potential of Xarello. Varietal expression is indeed another theme running across all of Juvé & Camps’ work, as captured by the superb Milésime Blanc de Noirs and Chardonnay.
But the more approachable Essential Pinot Noir – calling it ‘entry level’ would be both unfair and inaccurate – while fruit-forward and very focused on drinkability, does not have less texture and gastronomic appeal. Proving, precisely, that Juvé & Camps is committed to producing sparkling wines with personality and vinosity, even for its more accessible ranges.
The LFWE was also an opportunity for Juvé & Camps to introduce its new project in Ribera del Duero: Pagos de Anguix. Having developed a close relationship with the estate’s founders and previous founders, Joan Juvé Santacana took over the property and built upon an existing passion for the local terroirs and commitment to quality. The project, now with Meritxel Juvé, Joan’s daughter, at the helm, acquired a different dimension following the purchase of an additional 45 hectares of organic-certified vineyards.
The two wines showcased at Decanter’s event are a good indicator of the project’s philosophy and goals, which echo that of Juvé & Camps founding ethos: a focus on sustainable viticulture capable of delivering the best fruit and producing poised, elegant wines with considerable ageing potential.
Juvé & Camps wines at the London Fine Wine Encounter 2023
Tasted and scored by the Decanter team.
Essential Pinot Noir Brut DO
100% Pinot Noir; 12% abv
Dosage: 9.7 g/L
An approachable yet poised fizz, with elegance and drinkability in equal measures. Fruit-forward, with enveloping strawberry, cranberry and cherry fruit, lifted by a zesty touch of candied orange and grapefruit zest. Subtle nuances of rose petals, jasmine and linden. Although this is a perfect aperitif, it will work equally well paired with sushi, salads or a charcuterie platter.
Reserva de La Familia Gran Reserva Brut Nature DO Cava 2018
Xarel·lo, Macabeo and Parellada; 12% abv
Juicy fruit core, with intense quince, peach, yellow apple and conference pear flavours. A strong mineral backbone holds the fruit with ease and carries the wine through the ample mid-palate through to the long finish. A deep citrus layer of lemon peel and white grapefruit adds juiciness and lift. Lovely finish, with persistent bubbles. The vibrant acid and fruit expressiveness give this a promising ageing potential.
Milésime Blanc de Noirs Gran Reserva Brut DO Cava 2019
100% Pinot Noir; 12.3% abv
Dosage: 6 g/L
Fantastic expression of sparkling Pinot Noir, with a beautiful nose,…
Source : https://www.decanter.com/sponsored/juve-camps-at-decanters-london-fine-wine-encounter-2023-518973/