Red Wine Chateau Purcari Negru de Purcari Limited Edition 2018. Decant 1 hour before serving. The historic Chateau Purcari dates back to 1827 when the Emperor of Russia passed a decree naming the property as the first official winery in Bessarabia which is today known as Moldova. In the 19th century French settlers in the region had realised the similarities between the local terroir and their native Bordeaux since the two locations lie on the same latitude and both have rubidium-rich soils which give Bordeaux wines their telltale purple hue. The settlers partnered with the local monastery who owned the vineyards and began experimenting with Bordeaux grape varieties which thrived here. The quality of the local terroir is so high that before long the winery was picking up accolades both in Bessarabia and beyond including a gold medal for their Negru de Purcari at the Paris World Exhibition in 1878. More recently this same wine also received a gold medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2020. This magnificent red is made in strictly limited quantities from estate-grown fruit which is carefully picked by hand to ensure it reaches the winery in top condition. Once in the winery the grapes are vinified according to time-honoured local winemaking techniques and the young wine is then matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. Bursting with crushed dark berries, plums and cherries along with sweet spice from the barrel, this is a robust full-bodied wine that pairs beautifully with hearty red meat dishes.
Red Wine Chateau Purcari Negru de Purcari Limited Edition 2018
Red Wine Chateau Purcari Rosu de Purcari 2018. Decant 1 hour before serving. The historic Chateau Purcari has a reputation for producing stunning Bordeaux-style blends in this charming rural corner of south-eastern Moldova close to the Black Sea. The estate dates right back to 1827 when Tsar Nicholas I issued a special decree establishing Purcari as the first official winery in the region. The region’s links with France date back even further to French settlers who recognised that this area shared similar rubidium-rich soils and the same latitude as Bordeaux. Their early experiments with Bordeaux varietals here proved so successful that Chateau Purcari continues to make excellent Bordeaux-style blends like this Rosu de Purcari to this day. Composed of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot along with a dash of Malbec, this Bordeaux-inspired blend combines French influences with a distinctively Moldovan character. The fruit is grown close to the Black Sea which helps to preserve freshness and aromatics in the grapes. Once in the winery they are vinified using local techniques and then aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. This lengthy maturation softens the firm tannins and fully integrates the components of the blend, creating a powerful and ageworthy red with luscious dark fruit flavours and savoury notes of woodsmoke, cedar and toast from the barrel.
Red Wine Chateau Purcari Sapiens Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. It definitely needs some decanting. Chateau de Purcari was founded in 1827, on the former lands of the Afono-Zagraf monastery, by French Betier and the German Harmizone following the French style of Bordeaux cellars and immediately obtaining the status of the first winery of Bessarabia (the southern part of the Moldovan territory) by the then Tsar of Russia Nicholas I. It was in 2003 that the arrival of new Investments and French technologies and the return to quality production opened a new course for this historic winery. Today the estate covers 250 hectares that make up the semi-hilly landscape that slopes down to the Dniester River and the Ukrainian border. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has a huge personality and opulent style. In the glass, it shows a medium ruby color with bright reflections. The nose is an explosion of sweet aromas of black currant, plums, and cranberry jam, with some delicate spicy notes coming from the 9 months of maturation in French oak barriques. In the mouth, it is full, bold, and expressive with flavors of overripe cherries and dark chocolate. It’s a big wine that can benefit from some time in the cellar but can also be enjoyed with roast meat such as beef or lamb.