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Today we are going to review one of the rising stars of local crémant wines – Cuvée de Purcari Extra Brut Alb by Purcari. This wine is made the same way as the world’s most famous sparkling wines of the Champagne region, using the authentic ‘méthode traditionnelle‘ style, with bottle remuage using all three grape varieties that are allowed in the Champagne region: chardonnay, pinot blanc and pinot noir. The wine underwent a long term bottle fermentation, a process that delivers creaminess and roundness due to the ‘sur lie’ wine contact and an elegant ‘perlage’, which are the two most essential characteristics of a sparkling wine. But enough theory, let’s get straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep and bright yellow color with topaz-yellow hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruits flavours: yellow apple, fresh baked bread, quince, lees, lemon, butter, apricot, yellow pear, candied apricot, gouda cheese, yellow mirabelle, crème brûlée, pomelo, hay, acacia, apple seeds and some nuanced hints of bread crumbs.
The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and green tannin. It tastes lean, green and supple, with a nuanced fruity-yeasty accent. This is a quite smooth, tart and seedy crémant wine with a bitter-rough overall balance – round yet austere and a bit aggressive – a wine that noble and a bit unbalanced on the mouthfeel.
It has a medium finish and a rough, bitter and green aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.0 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 and very refreshing sparkling that is yet on the rise – lean yet green and still austere – a wine that requires a couple more years of bottle ageing in order to round up and smoothen its sharp edges. That said, in order to amplify its noblesse and elegance, we would recommend to pair this wine with creamy dishes that are rich in smooth textures and natural acidity, like for example linguine ai frutti di mare or tagliolini with white truffle, as all that creaminess in the dish will be extremely well complemented by the smoothness of the wine. All you need is just one try. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Cuvée de Purcari | Extra Brut Alb | #
overall rating: | 90.0 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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