A symbol of tradition and an example of fine balance, Cava Reserva is stored in a quiet bodega with little light, for a minimum of 18 months. This aging adds depth, aroma and complexity to the product. With abundant bubbles and a pleasant freshness, this sparkling wine is the ideal partner for any menu.
The Regulatory board had approved in 2020 to elevate the minimum ageing to 18 months for Cava Reserva.
Thanks to this new category, premium Cavas can be more easily identified: in other words, Cavas that have been aged in the bottle for a longer period. The minimum aging time for Cava de Guarda Superior is 18 months; additionally, the grapes must come from specific vineyards, and must be organically grown.
Since the main criterion of Cava is its aging time in the bottle, following the traditional method, the concept of “Guarda” refers to the capacity of a wine with the appropriate characteristics for aging correctly.
The nomenclature of this Cava indicates that it is aged in the cellar for a longer period than the minimum aging time established by the traditional method, also known as champenoise. According to such a definition, in this category there are the well-known Cava Reserva, Cava Gran Reserva and the special category of Cava de Paraje Calificado.
So if you are looking for a more complex, unique, intense and delicate Cava, a Cava de Guarda Superior is the ideal option.
For a better identification of the different specific territories of the Cava Denomination of Origin, we can highlight a total of four main areas.
Enjoying your glass of Cava is a much more enriching experience, you can taste the notes added by the soil and the richness of the local microclimate where the wine was made.
The seal or control label is in itself the only guarantee of quality certified by the D.O. Cava, which helps us to distinguish Cava from other sparkling wines.
After being subjected to strict quality controls during the whole process, the seal is the distinctive mark that is granted not only to facilitate the recognition of the Cava category, but it is also a guarantee of origin endorsed by the Cava Denomination of Origin.