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Two bubbles and an interview

Last week I had Vali from Vinul.ro at my home as a guest. He came over to take pictures of my cellar and also to make an interview about the investment in wine. We talked about wine as an alternative financial placement, about the criteria of choosing a wine as an investment, about how to structure a wine portfolio and what type of ROI can an investor see from his placement in wine. It is the very first time I am interviewed; so far I was the one asking the questions. I am both thrilled and curious how the final article will be in the September’s edition.

As the weather was still hot outside(32-33 Celsius), it seemed a good idea to have some cold sparkling wines. Plus, I long wanted to compare the sparkling from Stirbey(I am a huge fan of this wine) to a genuine Champagne. So this was a good opportunity to do it.

Stirbey Sparkling extrabrut

While this is labelled as a Non-Vintage(NV), the wine is actually made solely from the 2009 Cramposie Selectionata harvest. The color is pale yellow with intense small bubbles. The nose is fresh and rich, with plenty of citrus and floral aromas, while the palate is focused, fresh, with discreet minerality. Fresh and vibrant on the finish. (87/100)

Demiere Ansiot Blanc de Blancs Champagne Grand Cru Brut NV

Also a NV wine made of 100% Chardonnay from Grand Cru vines in Oger-Marne. Deeper yellow gold color with rich smooth bubbles. The nose breathes butter, and it is the very first thing that hits you after tasting the Stirbey. There are additional citrus, mineral and floral aromas, but it is the butter that steals the show. Creamy, rich, with good tension on the palate and full bodied, the quality of the terroir and the richness of Chardonnay is undeniable in this Champagne. The taste is fuller and more complex, while the finish is medium, with good balance between creaminess and freshness. (89/100)

As a conclusion on the wines: while there are considerable differences, I still believe that the Stirbey’s sparkling is a really good wine and an affordable competitor to the more expensive Champagne.

Stay tuned for the September’s interview.

Categories: France, Romania
  1. August 19, 2011 at 12:36

    Indeed sparkling cramposie is a successful experiment from Dragasani and, I hope, the begging of a beautiful … tradition for these kind of wines. What do you think about the aging potential?

    • August 19, 2011 at 15:54

      The tradition just started for sparkling Cramposie. Oliver was bottling the 2010 harvest about 1 month ago. Regarding the aging potential I don’t think that this is a wine designed for long term. In my opinion it is a sparkling to be enjoyed in the first 2-3 years of life.

      Probably aging potential might be in the sparkling made with barrel aged Feteasca Regala. However when tasted on their May 1st party this year the wine seemed a bit heavy to me. Perhaps by the time they will launch it, the wine will exhibit more balance. Will have to wait and see.

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