Six premium Cavas to try today

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Margaret Rand forgets about Champagne and cheap holiday fizz and went in search of fancy Cava, visiting three Spanish producers whose flagship wines live up to their surprisingly high price tags. See Margaret's top six picks here...
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Recaredo Reserva Particular Gran Reserva
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Recaredo, Reserva Particular Gran Reserva Brut Nature, Cava 2002

Recaredo, Reserva Particular Gran Reserva Brut Nature, Cava 2002
A blend of 60% Macabeo and 40% Xarel-lo. It feels ageless – these wines just don’t mature to the same pattern as Chardonnay. Remarkable texture: elastic but soft; a big, earthy wine that becomes much more wine-like in the glass – totally different to Turó d’en Mota (left). Subtle, expressive and very long. 18pts/20 (93/100pts)
Price £77.49 Les Caves de Pyrène
Drink 2013–2014
Alc 11.5%