The United States has sparkling wine, France has champagne and Italy has prosecco. Spain has cava.
Cava is a sparkling wine in Spain, primarily produced in the Penedès region of Catalonia – just west of Barcelona. It often consists of Macabeu, Xarel-lo and Parellada grape varietials. In comparison, French champagne and U.S. sparkling wine often uses Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Freixenet (pronounced “fresh-eh-net”), a family-owned winery, is one of Spain’s top producers of cava. In 2014, they’re celebrating their 100th anniversary of its first bottle of cava. Remarkable!
We remember Freixenet cava during the 1980s when we were growing up. It was fairly popular as a sparkling wine option for New Year’s Eve. In fact, they have a Christmas campaign each year. Here’s Demi Moore’s campaign from 2005:
For Halloween 2014, Freixenet ran a promotion with its distinct black bottle of their Cordon Negro. We received a bottle and gave it a taste. We had tried it a while ago and always felt it was a solid, affordable cava. Here’s what we think now:
Freixenet Cordon Negro is a fun, dry, sparkling wine. I remember it from being a kid of the 70s/80s. So when we started researching wine, I had fond memories of having the Freixenet Cordon Negro. It still holds up to this day. I would happily purchase it today for easy sparkling wine drinking. If you like dry sparkling wine, give Freixenet cava a whirl. I think you’ll like it.
3 out of 5
The Cordon Negro cava is clean and crisp. I find a very subtle hint of yeastiness on the nose and I like it. It also has a distinct cava character on the nose, and also on the palate. For some reason I find it hard to articulate what makes it so different. The bottle is Brut so of course it also shows a pleasingly dry finish. For the price you can really not go wrong picking this bottle the next time you are itching for a bottle of bubbly.
3 out of 5
Trivia: The Ferrer family (owners of Freixenet) had aspirations of making wine in the United States and in 1982 they founded Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in the Carneros wine region of Sonoma. It wasn’t until we wrote this entry that we even knew of this connection between Freixenet and Gloria Ferrer. We have been fans of the sparkling wine from Gloria Ferrer for a while now so it’s fun to realize this connection!
Just the Facts M’am
Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava
Disclaimer: We received the bottle as part of a Halloween promotion from Freixenet.