Wednesday, December 14, 2011

7 medals in Millésime Bio


Our cellar achieved 7 medals in one of the two most recognised international competitions for ecological wines in the world, with 834 wines evaluated.
What gives it more merit is that in this edition no other cellar from the 10 countries that presented samples has obtained 3 gold medals in this competition.
Specifically, the three gold awards are for our wines SYRAH COL•LECCIÓ 2008, Lignum NEGRE 2009 and TEMPRANILLO CLÀSSIC 2010, which we can consider as a very good result and even more so taking the SILVER medal into account for the CHARDONNAY COL•LECCIÓ 2010 and the two BRONZE for BLANC XXV 2010 and CAVA BRUT NATURE Gran Reserva 2008.

Only one other Catalan cellar has obtained a bronze medal in this competition, the cellar "ALTA Alella" from the Alella DO, with its CAVA NU.

The awards ceremony will be held during the Millésime-BIO fair that will take place on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of January 2012 in the Montpellier Exhibition Centre (France)

Dry stone wall-making course

On the 12th and 13th of December our cellar organises in the Can Milá de la Roca estate, in Lavern (Subirats), a short, intensive, 16 hour course limited to 20 people, given by two Majorcan professionals, on how to learn to make dry stone walls.

The area of "Costers del Ordal", where Albet i Noya has most of its vineyards, is one of the most abrupt vine regions and one with the most dry stone walls in Catalonia, which, through the years, have become deteriorated due to abandonment and because they haven’t been properly maintained.

The dry stone wall maker trade has nearly been lost in our region and the techniques on how to make dry stone walls have been forgotten.

In order to recuperate this heritage, Albet i Noya has decided to bring two wall makers from the Majorcan school, which is one of the schools that has made more contributions to recuperating and dignifying this work.

The unequalled landscape of "Costers del Ordal", with its characteristic terraces of dry stone alternating with terraces of vines and forest, cutting out the upward slopes towards the Ordal summits, which are the natural Penedès frontier with Barcelona to the south.

According to Josep M. Albet, technical director of the cellar "learning the building techniques with dry stone is the first step in recuperating an historic heritage that forms part of a landscape that is carstic and hard, but unequalled, and in the future could become considered as world heritage by UNESCO ".

Monday, December 12, 2011

Albet i Noya working for “La Marató” ( TV fund raising programme)

From Monday the 12th to Sunday the 18th Albet i Noya will make the most supportive cellar visits.

All the income received during this week from visitors and shop customers will go to the TV 3 Fundación La Marató, which is raising funds this year for the regeneration and transplant of organs and tissues.

Also this year we will use the resources that were usually earmarked for Christmas gifts to help other solidarity causes, Clowns without Frontiers and the damages caused by the earthquake in Japan. Albet i Noya will make this known through its traditional Christmas card sent out to all of its friends, clients and suppliers.

The D.O Penedès is promoted with a new ad

The Penedès Denomination of Origin is placing a heavy and clear bet on promoting its wines and territory.

On this occasion the protagonists are from the region itself, like a farmer and a producer, to materialise the passion for Penedès.

The campaign conveys clear messages, the origin through the vine, the careful elaboration through the cellar and the nearness to the end consumer through the sommelier.


Albet i Noya stands out in the Peñin Guide


Specifically they are; Reserva Martí best score at 93 points, followed by the Syrah Colecció and the Belat with 92, the Finca La Milana and the Blanc XXV with 91 points and the 3 Macabeus, El Fanio, and the Tempranillo Clàssic, with 90 points. The last three and the Petit Albet Blanc the "Guía Peñín 2012" also classifies them as excellent regarding the PRICE-QUALITY RATIO, giving each one 5 stars (the maximum in the category), this being one of the most important and decisive factors nowadays when end consumers make their purchases.

Albet i Noya is on the ranking podium with a 2010 wine classified as very good according to the critic. But it was a costly year in economic and human terms due to the weather at the end of August last year, although it has finally been rewarded with good scores and sales during 2011.

Regarding the cavas, Albet i Noya also placed 3 cavas with more than 90 points, and they are; the Brut 21 with 90 points, the Brut 21 Barrica Gran Reserva 2006 with 91 points and the Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2007 with 92 points, which also confirms this cellar as one of the most outstanding in the guide.

We should also point out that this last edition has seen the tasting of more wines in the whole history of the guide, with a total of 9.800 wines.

Reserva Martí the only Catalan wine in the "1000 vins du monde"

An exceptional wine by Albet i Noya that has achieved 25 Gold medals already with the 8 vintages that have reached the market, has been the only Penedès and Catalan wine referred to in this well-known French guide, also mentioning it as one of the most outstanding and granting it a gold medal.

The guide "1000 vinos du monde" is elaborated and edited in tasting qualifications in the VINALIES competition including, not only those that obtained medals, but also those that they consider to have a remarkable quality and can therefore be in the top 1000 best wines in the world and, therefore, have obtained the best scores.

In the last edition of the Internacional Vinalies 2011 competition, the RESERVA MARTÍ 2006 received a Gold medal, which confirms the other 6 that this vintage has received in different competitions in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and also in DO Penedès itself where in this 2011 it was considered to be the best red wine with crianza by the Regulatory Council and the Tastavins Academy.

Nicolas Joly and J.M Albet meet again in Penedès

On the 7th of November there was a bio-dynamic viticulture day in Penedés that was run by the great maestro in this speciality, Nicolas Joly, and Josep Maria Albet attended, in the front row, to meet up with him again and share opinions.

A total of 60 viticulturists attended, the majority from Penedés, who were very interested in the explanations and talks given by Nicolas Joly, as an outstanding figure in this subject and a pioneer in this way of working the vines and elaborating wines. His vineyards in Loira, cultivated under this technique since 1980, produce the well-known wine called "Clos de la Coule du Serrat".

The order of the day was divided into 4 sessions, in which they spoke about the effect of bio-dynamics in rediscovering the vine as a living being and transmitter of the homeland values of the wines, and about the influence of the celestial bodies in the solar system in connection with the different conditions of the vine and the work to be carried out.

Albet i Noya has been applying this technique for three years now in the vineyard El Fanio, within the Can Milá de la Roca estate, cultivated since 2004 by the Albet i Noya brothers. In this vineyard the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Garnacha Blanca, the Vidal and especially the Xarel•lo are cultivated and worked according to the different practices of bio-dynamics, to try out these techniques from the scientific angle and to be able to understand and explain these techniques in the future to those who want to learn from up-to-date concepts.

The next day Josep Maria Albet went with Nicolas Joly to the Montserrat monastery as the French expert was very curious about visiting this place and the sacred mountain, considering to be an interesting energy point, one of the few in the world, which makes it especially important for the bio-dynamics that work with subtle energies.

Albet i Noya in New York City

Along with the Catalan Viniculture Association and 30 other Catalan cellars, Albet i Noya participated in the sessions in New York to promote a selection of the best wines from our country.

Amongst the events organised during this two-day Showroom we would highlight the Master Class given by the prestigious sommelier Josep Roca, co-owner of the Celler de Can Roca restaurant. In this session, exclusively aimed at American sommeliers, Josep Roca chose a total of 21 wines and cavas that are present in the American market to explain their virtues. Amongst the Albet i Noya wines La Milana 2006 was chosen for this event.

Also, in the Metropolitan Pavilion Gallery, the 31 participating cellars exhibited and offered tasting to the exclusively professional public; restaurant owners, sommeliers, hotel chains, shops and specialised press.

The Wine Session in New York was preceded by an important event on the 8th of November, the press dinner. This meeting was held in the Mercat restaurant, run by the Catalan Jaume Reixach. A total of 12 wines from unique and exceptional vintages were tasted, amongst which was one of our cellar’s most characteristic, the Xarel•lo Clàssic. These 12 wines were personally chosen by Josep Roca and were married with 12 dishes that were specially made for the occasion under the supervision of the El Celler de Can Roca chef.

Amongst the journalist present we would point out the presence of Jay Miller, from the Robert Parker Guide, and Antoni Bassas, the American correspondent for TV3.

Ecoracimos grants the highest distinction to Reserva Martí

The Reserva Martí has received the special award in the latest edition of the Cata-Concurso Internacional de Vinos Ecológicos Ecoracimos 2011, ( Competition for ecological wines) as well as a gold medal.

The first reserve wine and coupage from the estate has received a score of 96.4 , which means a Ecoracimos gold and also the highest recognition given by the Cordoba County Council.

The tasting that was held in the Castle of the Gran Capitán en Montilla, was presided by a specialised jury made up of Spanish wine tasters and others from other Community countries like France, Portugal, Italy and Greece.

In the XII edition 5 cellars have been awarded with gold Medals and a total of 98 have competed coming from nearly all of the Peninsula, from Valencia 22%, Navarra 19%, Andalusia 12%, Catalonia 11%, Castilla y la Mancha 11%, La Rioja 8%, Balearic Islands 6%, Aragón 4%, Basque Country 2% and Extremadura 1%. There were also samples from French regions.

Reserva Martí'07 amongst the best wines in Spain

Last week the Peñin Guide 2012 Best Wines of Spain Show was held in the Madrid Congress Centre, a showroom organised by the Peñin Guide for professionals and amateurs, where the highest scoring wines, given by this prestigious guide through the critic José Peñin, are exhibited and tasted.

The Reserva Martí scored 93 points in the 2012 edition of this guide, it was one of the wines present, along with 5 other cellars, from Penedès. This fact denotes an important qualitative leap that our D.O. wines have recently taken, making them the most representative of Catalan Denomination of Origin in this show.

In full wine harvest

According to our cellar, on the 8th of September we had harvested 40% of the grapes that will enter in Albet i Noya ;Approximately 480.000kg of the 1.200.000 that will be collected in total.

The varieties that have already been collected and vinified in Can Vendrell are: Macabeo, Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, MarinaRión, Vidal, Pinot Noir and Merlot.

Josep Maria Albet calculates that the collecting will probably finish at the end of September, due to the high temperatures expected at the end of the month, which will make the grape forward its ripening.

From what we have seen up till now we can say that we have had perfect ripening, a good acidity in the whites and very healthy grapes.
If the rain in the last few days has been good to refresh and calm the ripening, now we would like it not to rain any more and have a good finish to the harvest...and celebrate it with all the team like every year.

Have a good harvest!

Josep Maria Albet, new president of the D.O. Penedès

The co-owner and technical director of our cellar has become the new president of the Regulatory Council of the Penedès Denomination of Origin.

Amongst other aims, Josep Maria Albet, wants to build up Penedès with different promotional events for the Xarel·lo, for example its marriage with the Delta del Ebro oysters. A very strong campaign that would join the Delta del Ebro with Barcelona and would make these regions become well-known and favour the Costa Dorada restaurant sector, the whole sector that elaborates Xarel·lo in Penedès and the oyster producers of the Delta del Ebro, in a very positive way.

To this end much more of the budget and resources will go to promoting Penedès, in such a way that companies perceive a return on the investment made in the D.O.

Additionally, the subject of the sub-areas will also be one of the aims that Josep Maria would like to reach during his mandate. According to Albet, this is one aspect that enriches the Penedès exposition a lot, it will give it content, gaining in consumer quality perception. "These natural sub-areas that are already in Garraf, Costers del Ordal, Penedès Central, Cordillera Interior, + 500 (in reference to the areas over 500 meters high in the Pla de Manlleu (Aiguamúrcia) and the neighbouring municipalities of Querol and Joncosa el Montmell), can be new sub-areas, although we still have to study the land map well before taking decisions. We are talking about drawing up natural areas, not inventing them".

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