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It does not have, by any means, the size of Freixenet or Codorníu but, with an annual output of three million bottles, it can boast about being the leader in the Cava Gran Reserva category, which must be aged for a minimum of 30 months.

Like many other family wineries from Penedès, the Juvés have a long wine producing tradition in the area, although the first sparkling bottle was not produced until 1921, under Joan Juvé Baqués. In the following years, the family expanded production facilities and incorporated new technology. By the 2000 decade, a modern winery was in place to produce still wines and base wines for cava from Espiells, its famous vineyard. The aging cellars are located in Sant Sadurní, in between the original 1920s building and another one built in the sixties. Given the company's production capacity, these facilities can simultaneously store up to 12 million bottles.

Juvé y Camps owns 250 hectares of vineyards, most of them around Espiells, although some of them are strategically found in colder, continental areas in Penedès.

With an output of almost two million bottles, Reserva de la Familia shows great value for money (around €15) and is the star product. It is made from the three classic cava varieties (Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada) with some Chardonnay and its 36 months aging offer complexity and persistency in the palate.

The portfolio includes Juvé Camps Milésime (€21), made only in the best vintages from Chardonnay, and the relatively new Juvé Camps Blanc de Noirs Brut (€24), made from Pinot Noir (its use is no longer restricted to rosés) and 10% Xarel.lo and kept for 25 months in stacks. Their top cava used to be Gran Juvé y Camps (€26). Although the blend resembles the Reserva de la Familia, aging is extended to 42 months. In terms of quality, it stands among the best Catalan cavas made from the three classic Penedès varieties. From 2014 Finca La Capella (€60) has placed itself as Juvé y Camps' top cuvée. It's a limited production (3,000 bottles) Cava that has been aged for over eight years. Grapes come from a single plot located in the Espiells vineyard lying on a distinctive shallow chalk soil.

Still white and red wines, most of them from international varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, are also made at the Espiells winery.

TASTING NOTES

Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva Extra Brut 2010 Espumoso
Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia Mágnum Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2010 Espumoso
Gran Juvé & Camps Gran Reserva Brut 2008 Espumoso
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