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Today we present you one of the best crémant wines ever made in Moldova – Grand Vintage Brut 2012 by Cricova. This is a classic sparkling wine, made of 100% pinot noir grapes (this style is called ‘Blanc de Noir‘) and produced in accordance to the classic champenoise method, also called ‘méthode traditionelle’, with second fermentation in the bottle. With manual bottle remuage and ‘sur lie’ ageing (ageing on fine lees), this wine is the winemaker’s flagship cuvée. Due to long term second fermentation in the bottle and further bottle maturation, the wine develops extra complexity and delivers enhanced creaminess on the palate. Also, this is a so called ‘millésime’ crémant wine, which means that it was created from a single harvest, that of 2012, but enough with all that theory. That said, without further ado, let’s move on straight to the tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
fruit profile: green fruits | citrus fruits
__green fruits: apple | pear | quince | gooseberry | white cherry
__citrus fruits: sweet lemon | lemon
fruit character: baked | ripe | overripe
non fruit: sweet | lactic | other
__sweet: canned pineapple | baked apple | candied quince
__lactic: baguette | crème brûlée | butter | yeast
__other: wheat | hay | sawdust
body: round | creamy
fruit profile: green fruits | sweet fruits
fruit character: ripe | overripe
non fruit: sweet | lactic
aftertaste: crisp & fresh
maturity: on the rise | youthful
verdict: fine | highly recommended
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and with a total of 91.9 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.
Verdict: this is definitely one of the best local crémant wines – extremely refreshing, crisp and very appealing – a wine that is still too youthful to be enjoyed today, therethore at least 3 or 4 more years of bottle ageing should be seriously considered. The wine feels fruity, round and lean, with a nuanced lactic accent and some hints of future elegance or finesse. In its current state, the wine hase overwhelming acidity, which creates the sensation that it might lack some body and structure. Overall this is a very good sparkling wine: fruity, supple and creamy – a wine with a great ageing potential that needs time to develop – one that will go well with slightly creamy dishes or paired with some soft cheese, like brie or camembert. Enjoy!
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