Cava discovery (8) Bolet


Josep Anton Bolet is a seventh-generation Penèdes farmer, with 70 hectares of vines across three farms. He started bottling Cava in 1982, with 2000 bottles. The family had been farming vines for a long time but until then sold everything in bulk as base wines. From this small beginning, every year they started doing a bit more, and now they make 13 different wines and Cavas. In 2003 they began farming organically and by 2011 all their vineyards were certified.

Josep Anton Bolet

In 2011 they made their first still wine with no added sulfites, and two years ago they made their first Cava wine no added sulfites.

They’ve planted the recovered varieties Moneu and Forcada and have just done the first harvest. All together they grow 16 varieties, 10 of which are red. They don’t use all their grapes and still sell some, and their production is 70-90 000 bottles a year.

Josep has been working here since he was 18, and now has two sons working here, Jordi and Javier. One prefers the vineyards, the other the cellar and sales.

The old house here dates to 1619 (on the right in the top picture), but they also have a modernist house was built next to it in 1911 (on the left), and is now used as a hotel with 5 rooms.


Bolet Cava Brut Classic 2021 Spain
12 months on lees. Fruity and expressive, this is bright with lovely precision. Shows nice cherry, pear, apple and citrus fruit. Very appealing. Pure and fresh. 89/100

Bolet Cava Brut Nature Reserva 2019 Spain
50% Xarel.lo, 50% Macabeo, 10% Parellada. Very fresh, linear and precise with nice transparency. Fine lemony fruit. Brisk and focused with a lovely purity and lightness. 92/100

Bolet Cava Brut Reserva Pinot Noir 2018 Spain
11% alcohol. 24 months on lees. Pink/orange colour. Aromatic with vivid cherry and raspberry fruit on the nose. The palate is bright and vinous with cherry and raspberry fruit and a juicy quality with nice precision. Very expressive with lovely fruit. 92/100

Bolet Cartoixà Organic Cava Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2014 Spain
100% Xarel.lo. This is really fine and elegant with lovely purity and nice layered pear, citrus and melon fruit. Shows amazing precision. Very crisp and clean with nice complexity. 94/100

Bolet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2014 Spain
Xarel.lo, Macabeo, Parellada, minimum 60 months on lees. Complex nose of toast and spice and minerals. Has some lime brightness with good focus and a crystalline quality. Citrus, dried herbs and minerals here: this is fresh and fine with a tapering finish. 93/100