Welcome to the 9th 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 David Seijas I Jenny Siddall

The Results

Overall the judges found the tasting challenging, but in the end they came up with some real category winners. Most of the top Cavas were all priced at under 18 Euros offering fabulous value for money.

Brut

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Mont Paral Vintage 95 gold Ramón Canals Canals 2016 8.00€
Vía de la Plata Coupage Brut 95 gold Vía de la Plata 2017 4.95€
Tarrida Brut Organic 95 gold Pep Wines 2016 8.00€
Marrugat Brut 93 silver Bodegas Pinord 2016 7.00€
Vega Medien Brut Ecológico 92 silver UVESTE 2016 5.00€
Dibon Brut Reserva 91 silver Bodegas Pinord 2016 6.00€
Leonor de Carrera 91 silver Pep Wines 2016 7.00€
Vía de la Plata Chardonnay Brut 91 silver Vía De La Plata 2017 8.50€
Varias La Bona Vida Brut 90 silver Cava Varias 2016 6.80€

Dry

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Vía de la Plata Coupage Semi Seco 92 silver Vía De La Plata 2017 4.95€

Brut Nature Reserva

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Carlota Suria Organic Brut Nature Reserva 97 gold Pago De Tharsys 2015 8,35€
Pago de Tharsys Brut Nature Reserva 96 gold Pago De Tharsys 2015 16,10€
Noa de Bohigas 95 gold Fermí Bohigas 2013 17.10€
Cava Vegalfaro 95 gold Bodegas Vegalfaro 2016 15.00€
Cava Bohigas Brut Nature Reserva 94 silver Fermí Bohigas 2015 9.89€
Mascaró Pure Cava Reserva Brut Nature 94 silver Mascaró 2013 11.50€
Vía de la Plata Coupage Brut Nature 93 silver Vía De La Plata 2017 4.95€
Valldosera Brut Nature 93 silver Finca Valldosera 2012 11.00€
Cava Reserva Brut Nature “Raventos Rosell” 92 silver Raventos Rosell 2015 8.90€
Vía de la Plata Chardonnay Reserva 92 silver Vía De La Plata 2014 12.00€
Celler Vell Brut Nature Reserva 92 silver Celler Vell 2016 7.85€
Ramón Canals 92 silver Ramón Canals Canals 2015 10.00€
Vía de la Plata Chardonnay Brut Nature 91 silver Vía De La Plata 2017 8.50€
Gran Fuchs de Vidal 91 silver Capità Vidal 2015 11.00€
Kairus Brut Nature Reserva 90 silver Pep Wines 2015 8.00€
Jané Santacana Reserva Brut-Nature 90 silver Jané Santacana 2015 5.00€

Brut Nature Gran Reserva

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Adernats XC 96 gold Adernats 2015 34.68€
Mas Codina Brut Nature Gran Reserva 95 gold Mas Codina 2014 12.00€
Cava Rabetllat i Vidal Gran Reserva de la Finca 95 gold Bodegas Ca n'Estella 2013 17.00€
Sumarroca Brut Nature 95 gold Sumarroca 2014 14.75€
Sumarroca Grand Cuvée 95 gold Sumarroca 2014 16.25€
Lágrima Real 2015 93 silver UVESTE 2015 6.80€
Fuchs de Vidal Gran Reserva 93 silver Capità Vidal 2014 12.00€
Subirat Parent Brut Nature 93 silver Finca Valldosera 2011 24.00€
Cava Reyes de Aragón Gran Reserva 92 silver Bodegas Langa 2014 50.00€
Estruch Brut Nature Gran Reserva ECO 92 silver Celler Vell 2014 15.50€
MS 4.7. Brut Nature 92 silver Finca Valldosera 2011 13.00€

Brut Nature Larga Crianza

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Gramona III Lustros 97 gold Gramona 2011 29.00€
Adernats Pur Gran Reserva Brut Nature 96 gold Adernats 2012 18.65€
Enoteca Gramona 96 gold Gramona 2004 140.00€
Agustí Torelló Mata Barrica Gran Reserva 2012 96 gold Agustí Torelló Mata 2012 25.01€
Marrugat Gran Reserva Brut Nature Millésime 2011 95 gold Bodegas Pinord 2011 12.00€
Rovellats Gran Reserva Masia Siglo XV Brut Nature 94 silver Rovellats 2009 28.37€
Rovellats Gran Reserva Brut Nature 94 silver Rovellats 2012 16.27€
Agustí Torelló Mata Kripta Gran Reserva 2007 40 Años 94 silver Agustí Torelló Mata 2012 25.00€
Cossetània Gran Reserva 2011 93 silver Castell d'Or 2011 12.00€
Sabaté I Coca – Josep Coca Gran Reserva Brut Nature 93 silver Castellroig 2012 18.85€

Brut Reserva

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Mas Codina Brut Reserva 96 gold Mas Codina 2015 7.50€
Balús Reserva Brut 93 silver Jané Santacana 2015 8.00€
Rexach Baqués Brut Imperial Reserva 92 silver Rexach Baqués 2016 7.50€

Brut Gran Reserva

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Roger Goulart Gran Reserva 2011 96 gold Roger Goulart 2011 20.00€
Adernats Reserva Brut 96 gold Adernats 2014 7.85€
Gramona Celler Batlle 96 gold Gramona 2007 56.00€
Roger Goulart Gran Reserva Josep Valls 2013 94 silver Roger Goulart 2013 20.00€
Flama d’Or Brut Imperial 93 silver Castell d'Or 2014 12.00€
Duran Origin Gran Reserva 92 silver Ramón Canals Canals 2014 14.00€
Duran 5V Gran Reserva 92 silver Ramón Canals Canals 2012 20.00€
Núria Claverol Homenatge 92 silver Sumarroca 2014 43.95€
Rovellats Gran Reserva Col·lecció Extra Brut 91 silver Rovellats 2012 35.82€

Rosado

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Marta Passió Reserva Brut 95 gold Ramón Canals Canals 2015 10.00€
Pago De Tharsys Millesime Rosé Brut Reserva 2015 95 gold Pago De Tharsys 2015 13.29€
Cava Pinot Noir “Raventos Rosell” Brut Nature Rosé  93 silver Raventos Rosell 2016 7.40€
Vega Medien Rosé 93 silver UVESTE 2016 5.00€
Cava Bohigas Rosat 92 silver Fermí Bohigas 2015 9.48€
Mascaró Rubor Aurorae 91 silver Mascaró 2016 11.5€
Vía de la Plata Rosado 90 silver Vía De La Plata 2014 4.95€
Roger Goulart Gran Reserva Rosé 2014 90 silver Roger Goulart 2013 20.00€