PURCARI | Chardonnay de Purcari | 2012


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We continue to review Wine of Moldova and we are still on the white wine theme, and we firmly believe that the time has come to switch to the noblest of all whites – the royal chardonnay. In order to explore this wine style at it’s true potential, we’ve decided to dig deeper inside our wine vault for a wine, that is regarded as a classic oaked chardonnay from Moldova – Chardonnay de Purcari 2012 from Chateau Purcari.

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


The wine has a clear yellow color, brilliant and bright, with a transparent greenish shade on the rim.


The nose is rich, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose is intense and it brings notes of sweet fruits mixed with some savory and citrus notes – pear, apple, quince, lemon, straw, physalis, apricot, wormwood, seabuckthorn, moist wood and a very nuanced hint of rum – this wine smells of summer.


The wine is dry, with no hints of residual sugar. It has high alcohol level, high acidity and dry tannin, which makes the wine taste a bit sharp, but crisp, oily and delicate. The wine has a fair overall balance, it resembles a well made old-world chardonnay, full-bodied and woody,  but with a clear fruit-forward profile.


The wine has a medium-plus finish and a bitter-smooth aftertaste – this is a wine that can be paired well with fish and white sauce based dishes. It is quite tannic for a white whine, but the tannin will cut well through the fat in the dish and a bit rough to cut through the spice in the food.

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 is highly appreciated on the international scene as well, as it has been awarded a total of three accolades: a bronze medal by Decanter World Wine Awards, another bronze medal by International Wine & Spirit Competition and one more bronze medal by Challenge International du Vin – three of the most influential wine tasting competition in the world of wine. This is a great achievement for a Wine of Moldova and one we can all be proud of. Just keep calm and drink Wine of Moldova.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Chardonnay de Purcari | 2012

grape: | chardonnay  |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

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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