January 21, 2024

Freixenet Elyssia Pinot Noir Cava

Who makes it?

Freixenet Elyssia is one of the wines in that range of cavas, a style of wine that Freixenet is very well known for. There is a more traditional white sparking wine which contains some Chardonnay and Pinot noir with the native Spanish white grapes. This version is a pinot noir version. The Freixenet brand has been long known for their cava – Cordon Negro. Plus recently the brand has crossed international borders and delved into the world of Prosecco from Italy. 

However, Freixenet is just one of the cava brands owned by the Ferrer family. They also own Segura Viudas. In addition, they own Gloria Ferrer from Sonoma, and Finca Ferrer from Argentina. It is undeniable that the family have expertise in producing sparkling wines with an eye for value.

How do they make it?

Freixenet Elyssia is 100% Pinot noir and undoubtedly a rosado sparkling wine. As a traditionally made sparkling wine it has spent 18 months on lees, the dead yeast cells remaining in the bottle after the second ferment. It has been made using the same method as the famous wines of Champagne. The Freixenet Elyssia comes from the typical Penedes region of Catalunya. This region is the traditional home of quality Cava. Obviously, this one is just a tad different in that it is made from a French grape rather than the traditional trio of Macabeo (Viura), Parellada and Xarel-lo.  

What does it taste like?

As this wine pours into the glass, the mid salmon pink is vibrant. The bubbles are fine as you would expect from a traditionally made sparkling wine. It is dry yet fruity. Like it is dripping with ripe fresh berries but with a gentle biscuity creamy edge. Fresh and straight forward and straight out enjoyable.

What to drink it with?

A versatile style of bubbles that will work particularly well with tapas such as patatas bravas, jamon croquetas, or grilled haloumi. It has the gravitas that it would also match a paella.

Cheese

Soft bloomy cheese. I would recommend something such as Epoisses or Chaumes.

Quickie review « A lighter style of rosado fizz that is fruity, with a dry and refreshing finish. »

Country of Origin:  Catalunya, Spain
Tasting Date: 
January 2024
Price:   £16 
Drink: now
Needs food: no
Source: purchase

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