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Freixenet (Spain) Cava Cuvée DS 1996
I was inspired to try this wine after UK wine columnist Malcom Gluck described it as 'better value than Krug'. Gluck is prone to flights of fancy on these matters, but a Cava at £12 (around $18US) would be intriguing in its own right, with most Cavas selling for less than half that price. It has a medium straw/lemon yellow colour. There are lots of persistent, miniscule bubbles rising evenly across the glass. It has a lovely, very savoury nose which is thick with autolytic aromas of yeast and biscuits, yet is juicy with berry and apricot fruit. Rich in the mouth, the mousse is dense and creamy. There are layers of buttery toast over strawberry, rasberry and plummy fruit. A little touch of caramel too. Very good acidity, but integrated and quite generous. Long finish. Excellent savoury and serious fizz - and well worth trying. £11.99 Majestic (01/01)