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Winter holidays are still upon us, so why not start the new 2015 year with a crémant Wine of Moldova – Spumant Clasic Brut 2011 from Château Vartely. It is made in a classic méthode traditionelle or méthode champenoise, exactly the same way as original champagne is being made in France. But there’s something more to it, it is made of 100% pinot noir grapes, a wine-making style called blanc de noirs, which means that this sparkling wine is produced entirely from red grapes.
Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:
The wine has a pure, translucent white color, slightly into the yellow side of the spectrum, with a very light yellow rim color.
The nose is strong and clean, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose bring notes of sweet fruits: green apple, yellow apple, white pear, white mulberry and white cherry. Later on, the bouquet evolve into some citrus hints of grapefruit, lemon and orange peel, fading out with a hint of straw grass.
The wine is medium sweet with moderate alcohol level. High acidity, a very important element of every crémant wine, and medium tannin form a very beautiful, we’d say even delightful, overall balance. The wine tastes refreshing and elegant, with a distinguished zesty-bitter-sweet accent.
The wine has a long, very refreshing and velvety aftertaste with a honeyed-like finish. It’s like a fresh, not fully ripe, green apple: sweet and acrid at the same time, but which will leave you a very nice and fresh feeling in the mouth.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.7 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Last but not least, this wine was already awarded two accolades for the previous vintage, a bronze medal from International Wine Challenge and a silver medal from MUNDUS vini – two of world’s most appreciated wine-tasting competitions, which speaks a lot about it’s quality, but that one was made of 100% chardonnay grapes, the blanc de blancs method. What all of this tell us is that they’ve changed the wine-making technique for the 2011 vintage, without loosing a bit of quality. We’ve tasted the 2010 vintage a couple of times before and we can now gladly confirm that the 2011 vintage is more refined, more elegant and more of a riddle when blind tasted.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Spumant Clasic | Brut | 2011
grape: | pinot noir |
overall rating: | 89.7 |
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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