Friday, March 28, 2014

Gold for Reserva Martí in the Vinalies Internationale Competition

Reserva Martí 2007 wins the gold medal at the prestigious Vinalies Internationale 2014 competition in Paris. 

This wine has been elaborated through the careful selection of the best grapes from the different estates around Can Vendrell. Hand-picked and selected once again on the selection table for each one of the varieties that make up this complex coupage, are the main factors in this result.

Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot and Syrah and 24 months aging in French oak barrels and a period of aging in the bottle, make this wine from the 2007 harvest a great gem, complex in aromas, silky and elegant.

After accumulating 31 gold medals throughout this wine’s trajectory, this latest acknowledgement confirms its quality and distinction in an ever more complex international market.

The Vinalies Internationale competition, which was held in Paris this month of March, is organised and run by the French Union of Oenologists. The jury, made up of sector professionals, has tested over 3.500 samples coming from all over the world. Specifically, from 40 different countries.

This competition is now one of the most internationally consolidated and over twenty annual editions have already been held.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Reserva Martí reaches 30 Gold medals (1 platinum)

12 international competitions (Germany, Catalonia, France, Spain, Switzerland and Austria) have awarded our icon wine, Reserva Martí, with Gold medals over the last 10 years and it has now accumulated a total of twenty-nine Gold plus one Platinum.

The last competition in which it has been given this recognition was two-fold, specifically in the “Mundus Vinus-Biofach International Competition", which has awarded Reserva Martí with a gold medal for the 2007 vintage and another for the 2008.

Amongst the most awarded vintages of Reserva Martí the 2004 stands out with 13 medals (1 platinum, 9 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze ) and the 2007,which is now on sale, with 12 medals (6 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze)

For the 2007 vintage, which we can still find in shops and restaurants, we should add the favourable score obtained in the “2014 Guide to Catalan Wines” with 9,15 points out of 10 and the “2014 Peñín Guide” with 93 points out of 100.

Reserva Martí, as you know, is also well-known for its label design, a little minimalist, that symbolises the first coupage wine made in the cellar, with “Martí’s” hands, Josep M. Albert’s son, , with the original picture extracted from the youngster’s work when he was in P-3.

Clear homage to the future generations with our most exceptional wine. The coupage is always made with the autochthonous variety, Tempranillo, as the base, accompanied by Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.

The grape is carefully selected in the vineyard where a whole plot is never picked, just some parts of each one, which are the ones that maintain the perfect equilibrium between vegetation and production and which, precisely for this reason, are the ones that ripen at their optimum moment. The picking is always by hand, in small boxes and later, in the cellar, the grapes go to the selection table where 14 people choose the best grapes one by one and they are then fermented in the vats.

The 24 month refining process in French oak barrels gives it aromatic complexity, silkiness and elegance that can be discerned in the mouth.

Reserva Martí is undoubtedly a wine with personality and we, the 27 people working in the vineyard, the cellar and the cellar house, are very proud of it.

If you still haven’t tried our 2007 vintage, you should before it finishes.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Albet i Noya, a cellar that is already well known for being a pioneer in ecological wines in Catalonia and throughout Spain, has a wine producing tradition that goes back four generations and has vast experience with over 36 years producing ecological wines.
In line with its philosophy of respecting the environment, at the beginning of 2013 it contracted an “Energy Accounting” service through the Macbrabant company.

The contracted service consisted of monitoring electricity consumption through different meters. In this way we detect the real power used in each area and at all times. The active and reactive energy consumptions and therefore be able to detect anomalous consumption.

By checking that the invoicing was right, we could optimise the contract with the supplying company. Once the necessary changes were made, the electricity consumption saving only in the second quarter of 2013, in comparison to the same period in 2012, was 14%.
Later on, and from the information registered about the day to day power demand, we could adjust the contracted power downwards, a fact that has already turned into additional savings and an important reduction in CO2 emissions for this concept.

Albet i Noya will continue controlling the energy consumption in order to manage it better and optimise it through the implementation of “Good environmental practices ” and continue advancing in energy efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions.
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