Definition - What does Freixenet Excelencia mean?
Freixenet Excelencia is the newest Cava from the Freixenet estate. It is a cuvée of 100% Macabeo grapes, whose juices were extracted only from the first press. Following fermentation, the Cava undergoes fifteen months of aging, which allows it to develop its floral and fruity notes.
This cava is a Brut, dry style wine best served as an aperitif or with light hors-d'oeuvres.
WineFrog explains Freixenet Excelencia
The Freixenet Excelencia is a style of Cava produced in the region of Catalonia in northeast Spain.
This is a Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) where these styles of sparkling wines have been made for generations. The permitted grapes for the region are Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada.
The Brut Freixenet Excelencia (Kosher) is made from a cuvée of 100% Macabeo.
NOTE: In French, Cuvée means "blend" or "batch." So, this concept may be confused as meaning the the Freixenet Excelencia blend is made from 100% Macabeo. However, a blend, even with the same grape, can mean a wine which was made with other base wines from other vintages, which is the commonly done with sparkling wines and Champagne.
The tasting notes on this wine include notes of Granny Smith apples, juicy pears and spring white flowers on the nose. It is crisp with fresh acidity on the palate and balanced with more floral aromas on the finish.
The price for Freixenet Excelencia is around $15.
How to Serve
Serve it chilled around 38 to 40-degrees F. (3.3 - 4.4 C.) as an aperitif or with light appetizers of fish, fresh goat cheeses with fresh herbs on toast or a simple salad of fresh greens and olive oil.