Colet Navazos Extra Brut 2018 (6 Bottles) Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

$513.00 GST Included


The Sergi Colet/Equipo Navazos partnership started in 2003 when the two producers began discussing the parallels between Sherry and Champagne (chalk soils, the significance of reserve/aged wines, etc.). The conversation quickly turned to how one could produce Spanish sparkling wines that somehow incorporated the terroir of Sherry country. After a number of trials, the model was set.

Colet-Navazos sparkling wines fall under the Penedès DO and are produced in the Champagne method from Xarel.lo and Chardonnay base wines sourced from Colet’s organically tended vineyards in Pacs del Penedès and Sant Marti Sarroca. The Sherry-country presence is felt in the secondary fermentation—which uses a small amount of flor yeast—and in using different La Bota Sherries for the dosage.

The Extra Brut sees roughly three years of lees aging, whereas the Reserva ages on its lees for a further year. The program also includes a bottle-aged library, from where three of the wines below have been selected. These are some of the most unique sparkling wines on the market—there is nothing else like them. As a general guide, the wines are vibrant, enthrallingly fresh and elegant, as well as intellectually stimulating. The best of both worlds! Luis Gutiérrez of The Wine Advocate has described them as Champagne with a Sherry spirit, and the Reserva ages beautifully, taking on more and more complexity and savour as the years go by. Needless to say, they work beautifully with a wide range of foods.



Juancho Asenjo, “La Sobremesa” at “The wines by Equipo Navazos are a cultural contribution of the highest importance.”

Jamie Goode, “Equipo Navazos make mindblowing Sherries. I’m drinking one at the moment, and it’s a life-enhancing experience.”

Jancis Robinson, Sherry as Montrachet – revelations. “They are not cheap. But then nor is Grand Cru burgundy.”

The Equipo Navazos project was started by a group of Spanish Sherry lovers led by wine writer and Sherry guru Jesús Barquín, regular contributor to World of Fine Wine and Professor of Criminology at the University of Granada. These “Sherryphiles” were aware, through their own extensive tastings, of a treasure trove of brilliant Sherries that were sitting, unbottled, in the bodegas of Jerez, Sanlucar and Montilla. Bodegas often have butts or casks (bota) of Sherry whose small volume makes it commercially unviable to bottle separately. The concept behind Equipo Navazos (Team Navazos) was to select specific bota of such wines for individual bottling, unfiltered or lightly filtered (Sherry is typically put through a very firm filtration). The wines were selected for their quality and for their distinct personalities, which would have been a shame to lose in a large blend. Initially these bottlings were intended only for a select group of friends and professionals. Yet the response was so enthusiastic that it became very clear to those behind Equipo Navazos that something important could come of this idea; namely that the opportunity existed to remind the world of just how great Sherry could be. To this end the project was expanded to allow for a small ‘commercial’ release of certain wines to a handful of international markets. After three years, Australia started to get a tiny allocation.

The Navazos Sherries are drawn from several bodegas, and represent a variety of styles: Manzanilla, Fino, Palo Cortado, Oloroso, Pedro Ximénez, Cream and even a brandy. The wines are bottled in limited series, in successive numbered editions, dated and named “La Bota de….” (the cask of…). The date of each saca, or racking, has been precisely stated on the label so that it is possible to compare editions of the same solera. This also enables precise tracking of the evolution of the wines, as these wines are expected to evolve in the bottle (it’s Sherry, but not as we know it). These are once off bottlings and once the bottles for each La Bota… release are spoken for, there are no more.

To give you an idea of the sensation these wines caused in Spain; in 2008, when the first wines were released commercially, Spain’s best known wine writer, Jose Peñín, named one of them (La Bota de Fino, Macharnudo Alto No 7) as his Wine of the Year. In the other major “wine of the year” award in Spain, voted on by an eminent panel of 60 wine critics, sommeliers and wine merchants, Equipo Navazos’ La Bota de Palo Cortado, Bota Punta and La Bota de Manzanilla, Las Cañas were voted second and fourth best wines of the year respectively. Those critics in the West lucky enough to taste the wines have also got very excited, as you can see from some of the quotes above.

Not only has Jesús Barquín set the world alight with the wines released under the La Bota labels, but he is also helping to challenge a great many Sherry conventions. You will see from some of our notes from time to time that Barquín and his team think that quality Sherry benefits from bottle age (both before and after opening). Even true Manzanilla, according to Barquín, should be given at least six months to recover from bottle shock and simply evolves, rather than deteriorates. Barquin is not talking about conventional, heavilly filtered sherry, but rather unfiltered or lightly filtered, full bodied style produced by Equipo Navazos. These wines, due to their complexity and intensity, will be best enjoyed in white wine glasses. At any rate, we do not recommend the typical copitas nor any other little glasses for wines of this quality.

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