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Tonight we are going to review a very noble, single varietal chardonnay wine – Taraboste Pur Aristocratic Chardonnay 2015 by Château Vartely. Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular varieties, regarded by many as the ‘Queen of Whites’, it can be made in one of the two main styles of wine. The first one is the classic oak-aged style, creamy and rich, while on the other hand there’s the crisp, unoaked style. And tonight we are reviewing the second one – a barrel fermented chardonnay. It means that the wine went through the malolactic fermentation – a process where the crisp, malic acid in the wine is converted to a more softer, lactic acid, thus, the wine becomes less tart and more silky. And on that note, let’s forsake the theory side and move on, straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep yellow color with bright golden shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruits, jam and honey flavours: white cherry, apricot, yellow pear, ripe quince, yellow melon, lemon, white cherry jam, honey, ripe pineapple, quince jam, lemon candy, sweet cream and butter. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of fresh oakwood, iris flower, vanilla, honeysuckle, elderflower and some nuanced notes of crème brûlée.
The wine is medium-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. This is a creamy, woody and quite extracted wine with a nuanced fruity profile. It tastes sharp, rough and tart, with a fair overall balance and an austere mouthfeel due to its green tannins. The wine feels firm, muscular and angular, yet ripe and bold on the mouthfeel.
It has a medium-plus finish and a bitter-crisp, a bit rough and a bit green aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.3 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.
Conclusion: this is a fine chardonnay wine that has not yet reached the summit of its prime form, therefore we highly recommend a couple more years of bottle ageing. The wine has been aged for 6 months in oak barrels nd the result is amazing – full-bodied, noble and expressive, with a nuanced angularity, which is characteristic for oaked chardonnay wines. The wine has a green-tannic grip on the mouthfeel, which leads to a rough mid-palate, firming beautifully on the finish, where the nuanced fruity-honeyed flavors glide well alongside those subtle woody and vanilla notes. We would suggest to pair this wine with creamy dishes that are rich in smooth textures, like for example some crab legs with garlic and butter or lobster tails with white butter sauce. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Pur Aristocratic | Chardonnay | 2015
grape: | chardonnay |
overall rating: | 90.3 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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