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Creu de Lavit

Segura Viudas (seh-GUR-a vi-YOU-das) was established in 1954 in the heart of the Penedès region, near the village of Sant Sadurní d' Anoia. 

The modern winery was built at the site of a 12th century medieval farmhouse known as Can Esbert. Segura Viudas is well known for its rich and elegant cavas. 

Today they are attracting the further attention of critics and consumers with their table wines. There are some 445 acres of vines on the estate, which was purchased by the Ferrer family, owners of Freixenet, in the early 1980s. 

Tasting notes 

Pale straw yellow in color. Initial aromas of pineapple, ripe pear and melon, over a floral backdrop of orange blossom and acacia with hints of honey and vanilla. 

The palate is soft and fruity, balanced by good acidity and a full mouthfeel with some aniseed notes and a long, satisfying length and finish. 

Food pairings

The brisk acidity of this vintage makes this an excellent aperitif wine or serve with a spicy southeastern Asian dish, such as grilled chicken with Thai chili sauce.

It would also match well with mussels or clams, steamed in a garlic broth, or served after or before dinner with your favorite blue cheese, perhaps a Cabrales from Spain. 

Winemaking

Creu de Lavit is a blend of wines fermented in different types of oak imparting unique flavors and aromas. More than half (55%) of the grapes are destemmed, cold-macerated and fermented in stainless steel tanks sur lees for three months. 

The remaining juice (45%) is lightly pressed and aged sur lees for five months in American and French oak barrels. 

During this time the wine is stirred with the lees, adding to the rich mouthfeel of the wine. The wines were then blended prior to bottling. 

Blend

Creu de Lavit is made exclusively from Xarel-lo, a native Penedès varietal and one of the white grapes used in the production of cava. Xarel-lo yields an aromatic wine with good body and medium acidity. 

Creu de Lavit uses all hand-harvested, estate-grown grapes from 30-45 year old vines. 

Analysis

Total Acidity: 3.62 g/100 ml 

Alcohol: 13%