Classification: D.O. Cava
Cordon Negro Brut is Freixenet’s (pronounced “fresh Annette”) most popular sparkling, often referred to as the “Black Bottle Bubbly.” It is the number 1 selling sparkling wine in the world.
Cordon Negro Brut is crisp, clean and well balanced. The dosage is very dry, but the acidity is lower than most sparkling wines for a softer, smoother flavour. It is medium-bodied with a moderately long and clean finish.
- IMPORTED - Spain
Want to explore a bit beyond the usual fizz parameters? Cordon Negro is a blend of three white Spanish grape varieties – macabeo, xarel-lo and parellada, which are bottle fermented and offer a little char and a smoky, minerally texture with grapefruity zing and zest as well as a crisp and still succulent aperitif palate feel. Hugely popular internationally.Tony Love, Courier Mail, (28/DEC2010)
This is the worlds best-selling sparkling wine and the cheapest made with the methode champenoise technique that I know of. Its made using Spanish indigenous grapes of parellada, macabeo and xarel-lo (which smells like hot, buttered toast as a straight variety) and ignore the RRP - you should be able to pick it up for about $12. It smells of pear, white stonefruit and toast and tastes of Pink Lady apple and nectarine along with a nice briney character. It finishes dry and smooth; what more could you want for a little over $10?"3 Stars - Ben Thomas, The Wekly Review (27/OCT/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
40% Parellada, 35% Macabeo, 25% Xarel-lo.
Pale yellow, with bright hints of green. A fine, persistent and abundant sparkle lifting to a good crown.
Fine, delicate aromas, combining tones of green apple and pear, with light resonances of Mediterranean fruits – peach, melon and pineapple, over a base of citrus, all beautifully balanced by light toasty aromas from bottle maturation.
The palate is refreshing, the sparkle balancing the green and citrus fruits. It is light but long and elegant.
Cordon Negro is best enjoyed with seafood, and fresh salads, however it is a perfect accompaniment or aperitif to a variety of foods.
Freixenet produces only methode champenoise sparkling wines. The wine goes through two fermentations with the second fermentation taking place in the bottle. Cordon Negro Brut is then aged for up to 24 months in the 54kms of caves located at the Freixenet winery in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia just south of Barcelona.