Albet i Noya Efecte Brut Reserva


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Classy sparkler with oodles of flavour and a creamy finish

This is a mix of Chardonnay with some local grapes and as a consequence it has a bit of additional gravitas. We love its apple crumble-like quality. Layers of green apple, orange and lime express themselves nicely in the light bubbles.

Aged for 36 months, this is a deliciously complex wine for big meals or celebrations.

An Albet i Noya superstar.


Creamy mousse, Fresh red apples with toasted hazelnuts


Baked apple with yeasty overtones

The Can Vendrell estate, home of Albet i Noya, can boast a viticultural heritage stretching back to the middle ages. The Albet family links go back as far as 1903 when they were instrumental in overseeing the replanting of the vineyards after the ravages of Phylloxera. However, it was not until the early 1970s that the fourth generation of the family, in the guise of Josep Maria, started the pioneering work on introducing organic viticulture to the estate. The first wines produced from these organically grown grapes were offered to the market in 1978 earning Albet i Noya the position as the first organic wine producer in Spain. During more recent times, the family has acquired outright ownership of the entire estate and have been undertaking a process of continuous renovation of the cellar and fine-tuning of their working practices. Their 80 hectares of vineyards are now 100% organically farmed. A further small amount of fruit is also sourced from neighbouring organic growers, all of whom are incentivised to aim for the production of the highest quality grapes possible. The estate vines cover the western slopes of the Ordal mountain range known as "Costers d'Ordal" where soils with a low organic content and a variable amount of clay and sand lying over limestone provides an excellent balance between good drainage and sufficient water retention. As many as 15 different grape varieties are grown commercially with a further 10 varieties undergoing trials. The traditional grapes used for the production of Cava here in the Penedes dominate their plantings (Macabeu, Xarello and Parellada). The Albet i Noya family have planted the other, more internationally renowned varieties, over the last 25-30 years (including Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon, Riesling, Garnacha white and red, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir). Concerning the experimental varieties, they are looking for varieties that had survived naturally in the wild, indicating a high natural resistance to diseases. They are also looking for both sensorial and ecological qualities in these vines. The investments made over recent years in the winemaking facilities now ensure that Albet i Noya have an impressive cellar operation allowing them to craft wines that retain as much of the pure, natural flavours and characteristics of their grapes as possible. Producing high quality organic wines with a low sulphur content is the result.


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  1. Dry & Refreshing

    It says ‘Brut’ on the label and it means it. A very enjoyable dry, refreshing and palate cleansing aperitif. I think it’s created using the ‘methode champenoise’ and although I’m no expert on champagne, I find it hard to tell the difference. Either way, it’s good quality and seems very good value at this price.

    Harry Vederci

  2. Good value

    Much tastier than Prosecco and cheaper than Champagne!


  3. Appetising

    Lovely and light


  4. Superb sparkling wine , dry, biscuity, refreshing but not harsh. Far superior to many (non-organic) champagnes. Much richer and tastier than Prosecco

    Julia (verified owner)