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Today we are going to review one of the rising stars of local crémant wines – Cuvée de Purcari Feteasca Alba Brut by Purcari. This is a single-varietal crémant wine, made from feteasca alba grapes, using the authentic ‘méthode traditionnelle‘ style, with bottle remuage and long term ageing ‘sur lie’ – the same way the crémant wines are made in the world’s famous Champagne region in France. The wine underwent a long term bottle fermentation, a process that makes the wine taste creamy and have an elegant ‘perlage’, which are the two most essential characteristics of a sparkling wine. But let’s get rid of all that theory and, without further ado let’s move on, straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pale, straw-white color with yellowish, straw-green hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruits flavours: white pear, crème brûlée, white cherry, white apple, fresh baked bread, ripe quince, lees, lemon, butter, apricot, emmentaler cheese, landana cheese, pomelo, hay and some hints of acacia flower.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It tastes seedy, refreshingly crisp and quite appealing, with a nuanced fruity-yeasty accent. This is a fine, delicious and noble crémant wine with an elegant overall balance – supple, rich and quite complex.
It has a medium finish and a seedy-creamy aftertaste, that makes it taste round and rich.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.6 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 sparkling wine that is right there, on the peak of its form – creamy, round and lean, with a fruity-yeasty profile and a nuanced zesty accent. It may lack some structure and firmness on the body, yet it feels very well balanced and quite appealing. We would recommend to drink it now, as this wine is not meant for long term bottle ageing. In order to amplify its elegance, we would recommend to pair this wine with creamy dishes that are rich in smooth textures, like for example a crème brûlée or some salmon-avocado bruschetta, as all that creaminess in the dish will be well complemented by the smoothness of the wine. All you need is just one try. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Cuvée de Purcari | Feteasca Alba | Brut | #
grape: | feteasca alba |
overall rating: | 90.6 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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