CRICOVA | Cuvée Prestige | Brut Alb #
chardonnay | pinot noir | pinot blanc


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We are still discovering Wine of Moldova for the time being and because winter holidays are right around the corner, why not switch to the crémant wine theme. The wine that we’ve chosen for the review tonight is – Cuvée Prestige Brut Alb from Cricova. This wine is made in a classic, méthode champenoise style, exactly the same way as original champagne is being made in France, with the sole exception that there is no pinot meunier grape variety in it, instead, it is made up of chardonnaypinot noir and pinot blanc.

Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:


The wine has a pure straw-yellow color, with some pearl shades on the rim.


The nose is strong and insistent, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose is sharp and nuanced, and it bring notes of sweet fruits & citrus: yellow pear, green apple, gooseberry, grapefruit, pomelo, quince, straw grass, vanilla and a hint of apricot.


The wine is dry, with moderate, well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and medium tannin. It tastes bitter-tart, green and savory at the same time. It feels a bit angular, but quite refreshing and elegant. The wine has a good overall balance, with acidity being the dominant element.


The wine has a long, velvety-crisp aftertaste – it is a bit bitter and a bit tart, but quite refined and refreshing.

chartsThis 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, it is to be mentioned that this wine has been awarded a silver medal by Effervescents du Monde – the leading wine-tasting contest for sparkling wines, a bronze medal by International Wine & Spirit Competition, a commended award by International Wine Challenge and another commended award by Decanter World Wine Awards – some of the most prestigious wine tasting competitions in the world of wine. Quite impressive for a Wine of Moldova, and it speaks volumes about the quality of this wine. Did we mention that sparkling wine is a very good pairing partner for a wide range of foods? Just try it yourself – you will be as much amazed as we are – Ho-Ho-Ho! Merry Christmas!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Cuvée Prestige | Brut Alb #

grape: | chardonnay | pinot noir | pinot blanc |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 89.7 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended



(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

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