(aka. Pansa Blanca)

Also known as Pansa Blanca, Xarello is used only in Catalonia, Spain, where it is used in the production of Cava sparkling wines. The variety produces a typically acidic wine that is perfect for use as a base for these traditional method sparkling wines. The variety is also the best grape used in the small, but highly-regarded D.O. of Alella, where the Parxet winery makes its acclaimed Marques de Alella Classico from Xarello.

In your Catalan homeland, you exist peacefully as simple Pansà Blanca, living a safe and benign life. But in the company of two other sparkling Caballeros, señores Macabeo and Parellada, you have ventured out into the world, and leave your mark via your more adventurous alter ego, Xarel-lo!

Varietal Character by Jeffrey Pinhey – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava NV


    This was the first Cava that we had tasted, and it was fantastic. It had a very strong mineral taste, and it had floral tones and hints of lime, mango, and pear. Very youthful and smooth, and is in limited production. Comes in a very artistic bottle that can be used as a tasteful decoration after the wine has been enjoyed. Would highly recommend. Read More

    Wine review by cjb724

  • Cava from Spain is an inexpensive sparkling wine made in a fresh style. The ... used in Cava are typically Xarello, Macabeo and Parellada (instead of the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier usually used for Method Champenoise wines), so the flavor profile of Cava is distinct from that of Champagne; the wines are zippy and fruity.On the ot... Read More

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  • Freixenet Cava Brut Nature Vintage Reserva 2009


    Tasted this cava with some blinis. It is dry enough to go with maincourse and it has nice balanced taste. Not overly sparkling but has sufficient amount of bubbles. Balanced. Read More

    Wine review by jps2jps

  • Ferré I Catasús Blanc D' Expressió 2008


    Servir ben fresc. Read More

    Wine review by josepvilap

  • Segura Viudas Brut Reserva 2009


    Very nice cava, local store had two bottles so I picked one up instead of the normal segura NV brut. Not worth 2.5x the price in my opinion, but a nice treat none the less. Read More

    Wine review by mikeyj80

  • Finca Viladellops Xarel·lo 2009


    This is the sister wine from Finca Viladellops. 100% Xarel.lo but with barrel ageing - 8 months in French Oak. Vines 40 - 50 yrs Bright golden colour. A floral and buttery nose with only a very slight note of oak - subtle!. Lots of minerals - sure thing if you check the terroir - limestone and clay. Full and complex on the palate. Fresh, acidic ... Read More

    Wine review by WinePleasures

  • Finca Viladellops Xarel·lo 2009


    Greeny gold colour. Slightly creamy aniseed and fennel with hints of pear. Crisp, smooth and full on the palate with an excellent fruity expression and an unusual aniseed finish.Marcelo, winemaker and owner says this wine is ideal with anything in the afternoon. Pinned him down to suggest paella de montaña, pasta and fideua. Read More

    Wine review by WinePleasures

  • La Pinyola 2009


    Floral aromas from the sauvignon blanc shine through- citrus, grapefruit, melon. Tart and light on the taste, short finish, refreshing. It's missing something though- just doesn't wow us. It's one dimensional. Might do better as the base for a wine cocktail. Food pairing: shrimp, or other light tasting seafoods Read More

    Wine review by WinePleasures

  • Blanc Cupatge 2005


    A little grapefruit and melon on this one too. A bit closed on the nose with some. The taste is overwhelmingly acidic- a little musty in the mouth. You want some fruit with a white like this but it fails to deliver. Read More

    Wine review by WinePleasures

  • Fèlix Massana Ràflos Cava Brut Natural NV


    Aromas of fresh green apple, possibly a little grass. Excellent digestive after having grilled chicken and pan con tomate (olive oil before the tomato). Not too acidic, ideal for cleaning out the mouth from all the garlic we ate. Perfect digestive with crickets in the background and probably bears in the forest :). Probably would have gone well ... Read More

    Wine review by WinePleasures

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