What a pretty bottle -Elyssia, Spanish sparkling rose

Denise, would you like to come round to mine on Saturday for dinner? I can never resist a dinner invitation, especially if it’s from a good friend and so I found myself, on time for once, on the doorstep of my friend Luiz’ house with a bottle of the new Freixenet rosado sparkling wine, the Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut in hand.

Freixenet, the Spanish cava usually found in it’s iconic black bottle with gold lettering is now launching a sparkling rosado wine. Freixenet has long been a big player in the cava stakes, being part of the Codorniu group, it has a wealth of expertise, state of the art wineries and plenty of marketing muscle behind it to launch a rosado sparkling on the market. The Elyssia is a blend of 85% pinot noir and 15% trepat which is a varietal native to Catalonia, it is often used in cava blends to give a uniquely Catalonian spin to the wines.

We decided to have the Elyssia as an aperitif. When I pulled out the box, there were lots of oohs and ahhs, they definitely have not skimped on the marketing. The box it comes in is very smart, a soft pink with a defining silver stripe running down the middle, it looked like a very expensive champagne box. The bottle is also well posh, clear and in the shape of traditional champagne bottles, it looked very pretty sitting on the table.

So how did it taste? Well, it was fine as an aperitif. I didn’t really find much in the way of defining characteristics. It was a pleasant little bit of sparkle to the evening but I thought it should have been a bit more flavourful. Seeing as it’s a pinot noir brut, I was expecting lots of red berries and red fruits on the nose and palate but didn’t really find much on either. A pleasant sparkly, not offensive in any way. I’ve had other Rosado cavas from Spain and this one, well perfectly serviceable was nothing special. Perhaps I got what is known as a “dumb” bottle, the wine not showing at it’s best.  Regardless, retailing for £14 online, I think I’ll give this one a miss, unless you want to impress someone with the fancy packaging.

2 Comments

  1. I agree – nothing special. Both the rosado and the ‘white’ were on offer recently at Waitrose for £9.99 so I tried both. I came to a similar conclusion regarding the white one, although I think I liked the rosado one a bit more.

    http://timswineblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/freixenet-elyssia-gran-brut-cava-nv.html

    • Personally, I really like Codorniu´s rose sparkling and I think it´s about the same price. And it´s pinot noir as well….

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