Welcome to the 11th annual edition of 50 Great Cavas by Wine Pleasures

The annual competition 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.

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 2021, 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.

Cava Brut Nature Young - Min 9 mths ageing

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Cava Clos Montblanc Brut Nature Premium Reserva 92 silver Clos Montblanc NV 11.72€
Cava Palau Solà 91 silver Bodegas Capità Vidal NV 6,90€

Cava Brut Nature Reserva - Min 15 mths ageing

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Avinyó Blanc de Noirs 95 gold Avinyó 2017 20.00€
Jane Santacana Etiqueta Oro 95 gold Jane & Santacana 2017 5.25€
Adernats Cava Reserva 95 gold Adernats 2017 8.75€
Bohigas Brut Nature Reserva 91 silver Caves Bohigas 2017 10.35€
Cava Caprasia 91 silver Bodegas Vegalfaro NV 12.00€
Cava Brut Nature Reserva 91 silver Caves Bolet 2018 9.00€
Cava Fuchs de Vidal Reserva 91 silver Bodegas Capità Vidal 2017 12.00€
Noa 90 silver Caves Bohigas 2017 17.00€
Via de la Plata Coupage Brut Nature 90 silver Via de la Plata 2017 7.50€
Via de la Plata Chardonnay Brut Nature 90 silver Via de la Plata 2017 10.00€
Capità Vidal Banda, Reserva Bodega, Brut Nature 90 silver Bodegas Capità Vidal NV 11,00€
Estruch Cuvée Les Solanes 90 silver Celler Vell 2017 16.95€
Rovellats Reserva Cuvée Especial Brut Nature 90 silver Rovellats 2017 13.55€
Via de la Plata Reserva Azul Brut Nature 90 silver Via de la Plata 2017 12.00€
Culminant 90 silver Cava Culminant 2016 7.10€
Jane Santacana Etiqueta Blanca 90 silver Jane & Santacana 2017 5.25€
Gran Fuchs de Vidal 90 silver Bodegas Capità Vidal 2016 17.00€
Via de la Plata Reserva Especial Chardonnay 90 silver Via de la Plata 2013 18.00€

Cava Brut Nature Gran Reserva - Min 30 mths ageing

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Jane Santacana Gran Reserva 93 silver Jane & Santacana 2016 6.90€
Suspirum 91 silver Marrugat 2015 12.00€
Estruch 90 silver Celler Vell 2016 14.50€
Reyes de Aragón Gran Reserva 90 silver Bodegas Langa 2016 20.00€
Cossetània Gran Reserva 90 silver Castell D'Or 2015 7.30€
Adernats XC 90 silver Adernats 2015 37.30€
Fuchs de Vidal Gran Reserva 90 silver Bodegas Capità Vidal 2014 15.00€
Rovellats Gran Reserva Brut Nature 90 silver Rovellats 2014 17.06€
Adernats Pur 90 silver Adernats 2012 21.50€
Rovellats Gran Reserva Masia S.XV Brut Nature 90 silver Rovellats 2011 30.61€

Extra Brut

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Rovellats Gran Reserva Col·lecció Extra Brut 90 silver Rovellats 2015 38.60€
Roger Goulart Gran Reserva Josep Valls 90 silver Roger Goulart 2014 16.20€

Brut

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Vega Medien Brut Ecologico 92 silver Unión Vinícola del Este 2019 6.20€
Alvaroni Brut Ecologico 91 silver Unión Vinícola del Este 2018 6.00€
Via de la Plata Coupage Brut 91 silver Via de la Plata 2018 6.00€
Alvaroni Brut 90 silver Unión Vinícola del Este 2018 5.00€

Brut Reserve

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Cava Clos Montblanc Brut Premium 90 silver Clos Montblanc NV 7.68€
Via de la Plata Chardonnay Brut 90 silver Via de la Plata 2017 10.00€
Rovellats Reserva Imperial Brut 90 silver Rovellats 2017 12.38€
Extremarium 90 silver Mont Marçal 2016 9.95€
Summum 90 silver Mont Marçal 2016 9.95€
Castell d’Or Brut Imperial 90 silver Castell D'Or 2019 6.50€

Brut Grand Reserve

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Roger Goulart Gran Reserva 90 silver Roger Goulart 2012 22.00€

Rosé

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Castell d’Or Rosat 91 silver Castell D'Or 2019 5.90€
Cava Clos Montblanc Brut Rosé 90 silver Clos Montblanc NV 8.28€
Bohigas Rosado 90 silver Caves Bohigas 2018 9.95€
Rovellats Imperial Rose Brut 90 silver Rovellats 2017 12.71€
Vía de la Plata Rosado 90 silver Vía de la Plata 2018 4.50€
Roger Goulart Gran Reserva Rosé 90 silver Roger Goulart 2014 22.00€
Vega Medien Brut Rose Ecologico 90 silver Unión Vinícola del Este 2018 6.11€

Dry

Wine Score Medal Winery Harvest SRP
Via de la Plata Coupage Semi Seco 90 silver Via de la Plata 2018 6.00€