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2007 SERVE Cuvee Alexandru

This wine is not available on the market yet. We (I) all hope that one day (this year) it will be. I appreciate the company’s strategy to hold on to this wine until it gives the maximum pleasure. The same strategy is, sadly, used by only a handful of producers for some selected wines; in my opinion this shows that these producers value their clients as the winery takes some risks by sitting on a stock of wines for a few years without cashing out immediately.

I attended a few weeks ago a tasting of a couple of Corsican wines that will be introduced to the Romanian market by SERVE and during this tasting Mr Aurel Rotarescu, Serve’s winemaker, shared his thoughts with me (I actually pushed the question and he kindly answered it) about Cuvee Alexandru: in his opinion this wine is ready to be enjoyed. After tasting the wine this week, I can only agree with him. It seems that their guys in Marketing and Sales are not yet convinced about that.

This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon coming from low yields of only 25 hl/ha from 30 years old vines from a special parcel that unfortunately does not exist anymore. The 30 years old vines gave their fruit in 2007 and then the parcel was replanted with new vines.

Last time I tasted this wine was at the end of 2010. Back then, the wine had a charming nose, already developed, but it felt a bit thin on the palate. The aromatics on the nose were more complex than the 2007 Cuvee Charlotte, but Charlotte was more extractive and felt more compelling in the mouth.

2007 SERVE Cuvee Alexandru

Dark red garnet color. The nose is well developed, complex and already very expressive. It start initially with rich, primary aromas of sweet dark cherry, black currant and dry plums, but as it aerates, the wine gains more depth with aromas of roasted red bell pepper, leather, cedar, cinnamon and cloves, with a touch of cocoa powder. It shows more density than it did in 2010, it gained more muscle and rounded, becoming a really intense, extractive and interesting wine. Fully ripe and sweet tannins, well structured and balanced in spite of its 14.5% alc, the wine is fleshy, lush and coats the palate like a velvet glove. Intense aromas in the mouth and a compelling long finish. This is a very nice wine that can age well. (92+/100)

*Disclosure: just like the rest of my wine blogging colleagues, I received this bottle as a Christmas gift from SERVE.

  1. May 17, 2012 at 18:20

    Totally agee that more good wine should be sold when it’s ready to drink, not before. This is done especially in Bordeaux, where wine is pre-sold even before it’s bottled. In Italy some important wines such as Barolo and Brunello are only allowed to leave the cantina after a certain amount of time of barrel aging and bottle aging. Which doesn’t necessarily mean the wines are then at their prime, but it’s better than distributing them as soon as the wine is in the bottle.

    • May 17, 2012 at 18:29

      You are totally right Stefan. In Bordeaux the marketing is more important than the customer’s pleasure, but yet Bordeaux is (or it was more) known that you get the wines and wait 10 years before uncorking them. Lately even Bdx is made to be more approachable young.

      Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello have their own legislation about the minimum aging time. Just as it is in Spain with Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. But I was very surprised when I visited Luciano Sandrone in Piedmont last year to found out about their new initiative to keep 10% of each vintage and age it in their own cellars, and release it after 10 years from the vintage. They seek to provide a more developed and maturing wine that had the best cellar conditions and guarantee flawless provenance. It is sold at a higher price of course.

      Serve’s initiative(this Romanian winery) is to be praised but the wine is ready now to be enjoyed. It will improve more with age but why sit on the stock more ?

  2. incaunipocrit
    May 17, 2012 at 20:41

    Reblogged this on ATA MOTEK.

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