THERE’S NOTHING RUSTY ABOUT THE CAVA MAKING AT ROVELLATS!
The name “Rovellats” dates back to the 10th century, to an adjective in Latin, robiculu (in English “rust”), probably as a result of the estate being surrounded by the meandering river Foix and with a consequent high degree of humidity.
It’s probable that the Romans who were here, initially pillaging and . . . err, well you know, and then displacing the indigenous Iberians might have become rather tired of continually having to clean their chariots and equipment, and sharpen their weapons for fear of them become rusty and useless.
It’s probable, in fact highly likely, that they also made wine here. The Roman army needed plenty of alcoholic refreshment and they, of course, had the knowledge and expertise as well as a plentiful supply of workers to work the land and tend the vines. Thus, wines have been made in this part of Cataluña for centuries.
Cavas Rovellats, founded by, Josep Vallés Rovira in the early 20th Century (the same family that runs the business today) has a somewhat shorter history. Nevertheless they too are playing their part in terms of safeguarding the land for the generations that follow, this, the third generation who are now the incumbents.
I first came across this winery when I received the results of the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) for which I judge, on the Spanish Panel, every year. Indeed it is possible (though I wouldn’t know it, as judging is blind, of course) that I was one of those whose scores ensured that one of the extremely impressive Rovellats Cavas, won, not just Gold, but the Gold Outstanding Medal!
And just to position that correctly, let me advise that this year the IWSC (the oldest, and one of the three most prestigious international wine competitions) awarded only eight Gold Outstnading Medals in the Spanish Wine Section – that’s wines that have achieved 95+ marks out of 100!
In fact three of their wines earned distinction in this year’s competition, two silvers and the Gold Outstanding. Plus, if you look at their website (www.cavasrovellats.com/en) you’ll see that they have a list of medal success, plaudits and eulogies as long as both of your arms! And, I’m not at all surprised – these are excellent Cavas. Not just excellent, for Cava (as some, never me, might say, but really top drawer for all Sparkling Wines – and that certainly includes Champagne! Indeed, I Tweeted (@colinonwine) and ‘Facebooked’ about tasting a Champagne against one of the Rovellats Cavas recently, the latter winning hands down!