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Today we are going to review a very special wine with the label Made in Moldova – Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2017 by Chateau Cristi. This is a single varietal, barrel fermented and oak aged chardonnay wine, vinified in a classic Bourgogne style, with fermentation, bâtonnage and ageing in an oak barrels, which means that the wine also went through the malolactic fermentation – a process where the crisp, malic acid in the wine is converted into a more softer, lactic acid, thus, the wine becomes less tart and more silky. Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular grape variety that is prized for its ability to produce top-quality wines in a wide range of climates and terroirs. Stylistically, there are two main types of chardonnay: one one hand we have the classic, oak-aged style, creamy and rich, whereas on the other hand there’s the crisp, unoaked style. That said, without further ado let’s move on, straight to the wine tasting phase!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Straw-yellow color with elegant, pastel-yellow shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruits flavours: nectarine, white peach, white pear, ripe pineapple, white honey apple, white apricot, iris flower, candied pear, candied apple, candied apricot, ripe quince, lemon, apple blossom, pear candy, acacia blossom, white cherry and some hints of sencha tea.
The wine is medium-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannins. It tastes supple, crisp and smooth, with a nuanced fruity profile. The wine has a quite opulent and very appealing palate, with a lean, round and creamy mouthfeel. Overall the fine feels fresh, noble and velvety, as this is a fine chardonnay wine indeed, with mouth-watering acidity and delicate woody notes that bring a slight bitterness on the finale.
The wine has a medium-plus finish and a quite pleasing, bitter-smooth aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 90.0 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Conclusion: this is a fine chardonnay wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form – a wine that can resist a couple more years of bottle ageing. The wine has been aged for 3 months in oak barrels and the result is there – full-bodied, creamy and round, with a nuanced woodiness on the mouthfeel, which is quite characteristic for oaked chardonnay wines. With slight bitterness on the finish, this wine might feel a bit off its balance, as it lacks maybe just a bit of elegance and finesse, anyway, bold and round, with a textured character to the mouthfeel, this is one of those wines that can be served as an aperitif, but also works well alongside the main entrée. Our suggestion is to pair it with fat-rich creamy dishes, like for example lobster tails with white butter sauce. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Chardonnay | Barrel Fermented | 2017
grape: | chardonnay |
overall rating: | 90.0 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)
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