Welcome to the 10th 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 4 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 Santiago Fernandez I Juan Manuel Gonzalvo Felipe Urbano Arjona

The Results

Overall the judges found the tasting challenging, but in the end they came up with some real category winners. Each year’s competition throws up some surprising new winners. If you can get your hands on any or all of the 50 Great Cavas 2020, we’re sure you’ll be just as taken with them as our judges were. One of the most important trade and consumer benefits the 50 Great Cavas competition is the way it casts a spotlight on little known Cavas which wine buyers may not otherwise come across at trade events or in the local wine shop. Many of the medal winners don’t have the big marketing budgets of well known brands and many represent fabulous quality and value for money. So please use the table of results to seek out as many winning Cavas as you can.

Brut

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Clos Montblanc Brut Premium 95 gold Bodegas Concavins S.A. (Clos Montblanc) 2017 6.10€
Cava Brut Chardonnay 95 gold Vía de la Plata 2017 8.50€
Mont Paral Vintage 93 silver Ramon Canals Canals 2017 8.00€
Vega Medien Brut Ecológico 92 silver Union Vinicola del Este 2017 6.00€
Cava Brut Coupage 91 silver Vía de la Plata 2017 4.95€

Dry

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Cava Semiseco Coupage 90 silver Vía de la Plata 2017 4.95€

Extra Brut

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Roger Goulart Gran Reserva 2011 95 gold Roger Goulart 2007 49.75€
Roger Goulart Gran Reserva Josep Valls 2013 92 silver Roger Goulart 2013 16.20€
Rovellats Gran Reserva Col·lecció 91 silver Rovellats 2012 37.63€

Brut Nature Young

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Cava Brut Nature Chardonnay 92 silver Vía de la Plata 2017 8.50€
Cava Brut Nature Coupage 91 silver Vía de la Plata 2017 4.95€

Brut Nature Reserva

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Roger Goulart Brut Nature 2014 95 gold Roger Goulart 2014 10.65€
Jane & Santacana Etiqueta Blanca 95 gold Jané Santacana 2016 6.25€
Brut Nature Reserva 93 silver Celler Vell 2016 7.80€
Jane & Santacana Etiqueta Oro 93 silver Jané Santacana 2016 6.25€
Joan Segura Pujadas 92 silver Vins i Caves Joan Segura Pujadas 2016 7.00€
Pago de Tharsys Brut Nature Reserva 92 silver Pago de Tharsys NV 16.70€
Brut Nature Reserva 92 silver Fermí Bohigas NV 10.18€
Cava Brut Nature Coupage/Chardonnay Reserva 92 silver Vía de la Plata 2016 8.50€
Cava Brut Nature Chardonnay Reserva Selección 92 silver Vía de la Plata 2015 11.90€
Fuchs de Vidal Reserva 91 silver Bodegas Capita Vidal 2016 10.00€
Gran Fuchs de Vidal 91 silver Bodegas Capita Vidal 2016 17.50€
Clos Montblanc Brut Nature Premium Reserva 91 silver Bodegas Concavins S.A. (Clos Montblanc) 2017 10.10€
Pago de Tharsys Millésime Barrica 2016 90 silver Pago de Tharsys 2016 18.76€
Caprasia 90 silver Bodegas Vegalfaro 2016 12.00€

Brut Nature Gran Reserva

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Rovellats Gran Reserva Brut Nature 95 gold Rovellats 2013 17.06€
Lagrima Real 2015 95 gold Union Vinicola del Este 2015 6.80€
Adernats XC 95 gold Adernats 2015 35.90€
Pago de Tharsys 2014 Gran Reserva 93 silver Pago de Tharsys 2014 20.38€
Adernats Pur 93 silver Adernats 2012 22.50€
Excelsior 92 silver Vins i Caves Joan Segura Pujadas 2014 9.00€
Fuchs de Vidal Gran Reserva 92 silver Bodegas Capita Vidal 2014 12.00€
Brut Nature Gran Reserva 92 silver Bodegues Sumarroca 2014 13.75€
Reyes de Aragón Gran Reserva 92 silver Bodegas Langa 2015 25.00€
Cava Cossetania Gran Reserva 2011 90 silver Castell d'Or 12.00€
Jane & Santacana 90 silver Jané Santacana 2013 7.83€

Brut Nature Larga Crianza

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Can Sala 96 gold Agrícola Casa Sala 2007 75.00€
Vinyes de Can Sala 93 silver Agrícola Casa Sala 2013 45.00€
Rovellats Gran Reserva Masia S.XV 92 silver Rovellats 2010 29.76€

Brut Reserva

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Adernats Brut 94 silver Adernats 2013 8.35€
Cava Flama d’Or Reserva Brut Imperial 91 silver Castell d'Or NV 10.00€
Ramon Canals Reserva Numerada 90 silver Ramon Canals Canals 2016 10.00€

Brut Gran Reserva

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Roger Goulart Gran Reserva Vintage 2007 93 silver Roger Goulart 2011 16.20€
Núria Claverol Blanc de Noirs 93 silver Bodegues Sumarroca 2013 26.00€

Brut Larga Crianza

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Núria Claverol Allier 96 gold Bodegues Sumarroca 2014 27.95€
Núria Claverol Homenatge 95 gold Bodegues Sumarroca 2014 43.95€

Rosado

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Vega Medien Rosé 95 gold Union Vinicola del Este 2017 5.20€
Clos Montblanc Brut Rosé 93 silver Bodegas Concavins S.A. (Clos Montblanc) 2017 7.10€
Ramon Canals 93 silver Ramon Canals Canals 2016 10.00€
Núria Claverol Rosé 92 silver Bodegues Sumarroca 2016 24.95€
Rosat Brut 91 silver Fermí Bohigas NV 9.76€
Cava Brut Rosado Coupage 91 silver Vía de la Plata 2014 4.95€