Macabeo Xarel-lo Parellada Sant Sadurni dAnoia Spain
Freixenet is the World's No.1 selling sparkling wine, sold in over 150 countries. Freixenet is pronounced fresh-Annette, referred to everywhere as the bubbly in the black bottle. The winemaking however is anything but ordinary, Freixenet adheres fully to Methode Champenoise, fermentation has taken place in the very bottle, a painstaking process. Cordon Negro Brut is crisp, clean and well balanced, the doseage is very dry, but the acidity is lower than most sparkling wines for a softer, smoother flavour, idyllic with good faire.
Cordon Negro is a blend of three white Spanish grape varieties called Macabeo (35%), Xarel-lo (25%) and Parellada (40%). All the grapes are harvested by hand and only the fresh free run juices are used. Macabeo produces a light aromatic wine of medium-high acidity. Xarel-lo yields a robust, high-acid wine and contributes power and depth. Parellada is the star of all sparkling blends. It has both beautiful demonstrative fruit and finesse. The wine goes through two fermentations with the second fermentation taking place in the bottle. Cordon Negro Brut is then aged for up to eighteen months in the fifty four kilometres of caves under the Freixenet winery in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia just south of Barcelona.
Freixenet is a fresh and fruity blend of Macabeo grapes which give the wine a delicate, fruity aroma. Xarel-lo grapes contribute to the required strength and acidity, and Parellada grapes, recognised for their delicate, subtle tones add a distinctive floral aroma. A pleasingly dry medium-bodied sparkling wine with heightened flavour profiles, truly intense aromas, a moderately long, clean finish.