Welcome to the 8th annual edition of 50 Great Cavas by Wine Pleasures

50 Great Cavas is the only competition that provides a comprehensive snapshot of Spain’s top Cavas. The ultimate aim of this competition is on the one hand to reward the best Cavas produced in Spain with medals and on the other to demonstrate to both the trade end the consumer that it is time to rediscover Cava and making it something we should all be drinking now.

The Competiton

Cavas are grouped according to dosage and ageing on the lees and then tasted blind by a panel of 5 judges. Judges are aware of the dosage levels and time on lees. After each Cava tasted, the judges compare notes and reach a consensus on a score out of 100 points. Gold and Silver medals only are awarded for the top 50 Cavas. Bodegas can label medal-winning Cavas with stickers for bubble lovers to recognise in store.

Meet the Judges

Click on the links to view the Judge’s background, comments and discover their particular favourite Cava in the competition.

Anthony Swift I Colin Harkness I Juan Manuel Gonzalvo I Albert López Galvez I Jenny Siddall

The Results

Overall the judges found the tasting challenging, but in the end they came up with some real category winners. The top scoring Cavas coming from names not on the tip of our tongues such as Celler Vell, Ramón Canals and Adernats. Most of the top Cavas were all priced at under 18 Euros offering fabulous value for money.

Category: Brut Nature Reserva

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Celler Vell Brut Nature Reserva 97 gold Celler Vell 2014 7.85€
Ramon Canals Reserva Numerada 2013 96 gold Ramon Canals Canals 2013 9.95€
Mas Codina Brut Nature Reserva 94 silver Mas Codina 2015 7.50€
Via de la Plata Chardonnay Brut Nature 94 silver Via de la Plata 2015 8.50€
Ramon Canals Reserva Numerada 2014 94 silver Ramon Canals Canals 2014 11,00€
Bohigas Brut Nature Reserva 93 silver Fermí Bohigas 2015 9.60€
Cava Caprasia 93 silver Bodegas Vegalfaro 2014 10,00€
Fuchs de Vidal Reserva, Cuvée Especial 93 silver Bodegas Capità Vidal 2014 11,00€
Gran Fuchs de Vidal 93 silver Bodegas Capità Vidal 2014 17.50€
Via de la Plata Coupage Brut Nature 92 silver Via de la Plata 2014 4.95€
CastellRoig Reserva Brut Nature 92 silver CastellRoig 2014 9.90€
Kairus Brut Nature Reserva 91 silver Pep Wines 2015 8,00€
Via de la Plata Chardonnay Reserva 90 silver Via de la Plata 2014 12,00€
Noa de Fermí Bohigas 90 silver Fermí Bohigas 2013 9.20€

Category: Brut Nature Gran Reserva

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Adernats XC 96 gold Adernats Vinícola de Nulles 2013 32.70€
Castellroig Gran Reserva Brut Nature 95 gold Castellroig 2013 13.40€
Grand Cuvée 94 silver Sumarroca 2013 15.65€
Lagrima Real 2010 94 silver Union Vinicola del Este 2010 10.30€
Adernats Gran Reserva Brut Nature 93 silver Adernats Vinícola de Nulles 2011 17.80€
Celler Vell Cuvée Les Solanes Brut Nature Reserva 91 silver Celler Vell 2013 17.50€
Fuchs De Vidal Gran Reserva 91 silver Bodegas Capità Vidal 2013 12,00€
Mascaro Cava Reserva Brut Nature “Pure” 90 silver Mascaro 2013 11.50€

Category: Brut Nature Larga Crianza

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Freixenet Casa Sala 98 gold Freixenet 2007 40,00€
Sabaté i Coca Josep Coca Gran Reserva Brut Nature 95 gold Castellroig 2011 18.50€
Cossetania Gran Reserva Brut Nature 95 gold Castell d'Or 2011 18,00€
Cava Reyes de Aragon Gran Reserva 95 gold Bodegas Langa 2010 47,00€
Rovellats Gran Reserva Masia S.XV Brut Nature 95 gold Rovellats 2008 26.74€
Ramón Canals Gran Reserva Limitada 2011 95 gold Ramón Canals 2011 19,00€
Gran Reserva Barrica 94 silver Agustí Torelló Mata 2011 23,00€
Gramona III Lustros Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2009 94 silver Gramona 2009 24€
Kripta 94 silver Agustí Torelló Mata 2008 47,00€
Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature Cuvée Imperial 92 silver Cava Varias 2008 18€
Rovellats Gran Reserva Brut Nature 90 silver Rovellats 2011 15.19€

Category: Brut Reserva

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Flama d’Or Brut Imperial 93 silver Castell D'0r 2016 10,00€
Mas Codina Brut Reserva 92 silver Mas Codina 2015 6.50€
Adernats Centenari 92 silver Adernats Vinícola de Nulles 2014 30.10€
Nit del Foc Brut 91 silver Union Vincola del Este 2015 4.50€
Raventós Rosell Brut Reserva 91 silver Raventós Rosell 2014 8.60€
Vega Medien Brut Ecológico 90 silver Union Vincola del Este 2015 6.05€
Francoli Brut Reserva 90 silver Castell d'Or 2015 9,00€
Papet del Mas Brut Reserva 90 silver Pep Wines 2015 8,00€

Category: Brut Gran Reserva

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Duran 5V Gran Reserva 96 gold Ramon Canals Canals 2012 22,00€
Núria Claverol Homenatge 95 gold Sumarroca 2013 41.75€
Adernats Reserva Brut 94 silver Adernats Vinícola de Nulles 2014 30.1€
Vintage Brut 2012 GR 94 silver Pere Ventura 2012 27.50€
Adernats Gran Reserva Brut 94 silver Adernats Vinícola de Nulles 2011 15.90€
Rovellats Col·lecció 93 silver Rovellats 2011 32.91€
Duran Origin Gran Reserva 93 silver Ramon Canals Canals 2013 13,00€
Mascaro Cava Reserva Brut “Nigrum” 91 silver Mascaro 2013 9.3€

Category: Brut Larga Crianza

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Gramona Imperial Brut Gran Reserva 2011 97 gold Gramona 2011 16,00€
Gramona Celler Batllé 96 gold Gramona 2006 50,00€

Category: Rosado

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Vega Medien Rosé 95 gold Union Vinicola del Este 2015 5€
Bohigas Rosat 94 silver Fermí Bohigas 2015 9.2€
Rosat Trepat 92 silver Agusti Torello Mata 2014 13€
Mas Codina Brut Rosé Reserva 92 silver Mas Codina 2014 8.5€
Ramón Canals Reserva Rosé 92 silver Ramón Canals Canals 2014 11,00€
Raventós Rosell Rosé Brut Nature 90 silver Raventós Rosell 2015 6.90€