TARABOSTE | Pur Aristocratic | Grand Noir | 2012
grand noir


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We are still on the Wine of Moldova theme, but this time we’ve decided to step on the sacred ground and review a wine that is quite unique. First there’s the variety – grand noir – a fast disappearing grape from the Languedoc and Cognac regions. If you know things about this grape variety, than you may consider yourself an advanced wine geek. Not to mention that this wine was not released on the internal market, as it was an export-only kind of offer. So here you have it, exclusively on WineStatistics – Taraboste Pur Aristocratic Grand Noir 2012 from Château Vartely.

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


The wine has a pure, maybe just a bit hazy, garnet color, deep and opaque, with the rim-color of a clear crimson shade.


The nose is strong and fruity, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings crystal clear notes of red fruits and herbs: sour cherry, candied sour cherry, sour cherry jam, wormwood, cranberry, wolfberry, black cherry, red currant, red cherry and red mulberry. A bit later comes secondary notes of tobacco, red pepper and hints of black tea. This is the finest wine aroma we’ve ever encountered so far, it makes you believe that the wine would taste dessert-sweet or fortified.


The wine is medium-dry, with maybe just some hints of residual sugar. It has moderate alcohol level, strong acidity and soft tannin, which makes it taste fruity, tart and friendly. This is a rich, smooth and elegant-fresh wine – it is light-bodied and easy to drink. The wine has a fair overall balance, with a mellow-jammy profile that turns zesty on the mid-palate.


The wine has a medium finish and a balanced, a bit acrid aftertaste. It feel fruity and light, like a thought that escapes you in a blink of an eye, never to return again.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.8 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, we would like to mention that we were mesmerized by this wine, by its fruity aroma, that brings memories of a homemade sour cherry brandy (visinata), by its elegant body and soft tannin – this is definitely a wine to be remembered and a perfect wine for any red sauce based meals, especially a rare roast beef steak. Too bad this wine is not available on the internal market, but hey, all the good things come to those who wait, right? So we wait…

WineStatistics tasting results:

Pur Aristocratic | Grand Noir | 2012

grape: | grand noir |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 89.8 |

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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