Xarello

(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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    2008. Straw yellow. Tropical fruits hit you straight away. Green apples, lemon and lime. Slight kind of buttery aroma lurking in the background - yeastyish. Smooth and creamy first in texture with great acidity. Interesting coupage - very pleasant. Excellent for a fideua or paella or even to sit around with friends and drink and chat. A snip at ... Read More

    Wine review by WinePleasures


  • ‘Tis the season for sparkling wine, and I don’t hear anyone ... ... ... used in Cava, typically Xarello, Macabeo and Parellada (instead of the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier typically used for Method Champenoise wines) so the flavor profile of Cava is distinct from that of Champagne; the wines are zippy and fruity, if a bit sweeter... Read More

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    Wine review by RachelNYC


  • Castellroig Xarello Penedès VI de Terrer 2007

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    Excel·lent white wine! Perfect matcht with seefood or rice dishes. Read More

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    versatile light inexpensive white...good for sipping or with white fish. Read More

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