Can Feixes Blanc Selecció 2014
Wine: Huguet de Can Feixes Blanc Selecció
Pronunciation: kahn FEH-shahs blahnk seh-lehk-see-OH
Grapes: Parellada, Macabeo, Chardonnay, Malvasia de Sitges
I discovered this bright, nervy white a few weeks ago at Western Supermarket in Mountain Brook on a business trip to Birmingham. Huguet Can Feixes Blanc Selecciò 2014 hails from the Penedès region of northeast Spain, about 25 miles south of Barcelona. This is Catalonia, where the Spanish language isn't the King's Spanish but a dialect all its own. The region makes the gamut of standard wine styles: still white and red, sweet, and sparkling under the D.O. Cava, the Spanish version of Champagne. Legally Cava is a country-wide denomination of origin, though Penedès makes about 95% of the haul. This wine, however, is a still white blend with just a hint of spritz.
About ten years ago I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Spain with De Maison Selections' founder André Tamers, a great friend and inspiration, while working for T. Edward Wines in New York. We landed in Barcelona around 8:30 in the morning, grabbed an espresso, jumped in the rental car and headed to Bodega Avinyó for a true breakfast of champions: Calçots with Romesco sauce and Cava from porrón. All three of these treats beg for their own article, but in short, calçots are green onions cooked over wood-fired grill, wrapped in paper to steam, then eaten hot by pinching the charred bottom and pulling out the perfectly steamed heart. Dip that into Romesco and wash down with cold, delicious Cava from Spain's famous receptacle, the porrón. It's an experience I've tried to recreate in various elements and failed. Some memories must standalone.
Can Feixes Blanc Selecciò (white selection) is made from two of the three traditional Cava grapes, 40% parrellada and 30% macabeo, plus 20% chardonnay and 10% of the native malvasia de Sitges. Bone dry and super crisp, nervy with acidity, it's a lovely starter wine with cheese and nibbles before dinner and with shellfish. It'd be great with oysters. citrus notes, lemon and lime essence, green apple, floral hints with some vegetal qualities. Long, linear finish. Lovely.