Abrau-Durso Blanc de Blancs Brut d’Or 2018

Award-winning Russian sparkling wine
  • $73.00

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Primary Notes: Apple / Pear Lemon / Lime White Flowers Oyster-y

Secondary Notes: Brioche, Butter Pastry

Tertiary Notes:

Body: Full

Dryness: Very Dry

Acidity: Medium +

Tannin: Light

Alcohol (%): 12

Origin: Krasnodar, Russia

Maker: Abrau-Durso

Grape: Chardonnay

Fermentation: Steel Only

Awards: >90 pts


Serving Temperature: Best served between 8–10 degrees.

Asian Food Pairing: Chilli crab, Korean fried chicken, Thai fried rice

Western Food Pairing: Lobster and crab dishes, various appetisers, cheeses and fruit desserts.


Abrau-Durso Blanc de Blancs Brut d’Or 2018

Abrau-Durso Blanc de Blancs Brut is an award-winning Russian sparkling wine. Subtle gold colour with straw-yellow reflections. Fresh and intense bouquet of buttery pastry, brioche, white flowers and a hint of apples. Soft mouthfeel and creamy texture. Full-bodied palate of fresh green apple and lemon citrus fruit flavours with complex mineral notes. Closes in an afterglow of mineral notes. Excellent as an aperitif!

100% Chardonnay. Assembling the finest quality Chardonnays of the same vintage in different parts of the Abrau-Durso vineyards. Harvesting the grapes with special care so as not to damage the berries and stems, they are then kept cold before pressing. Second fermentation takes place in deep mountain tunnels. Riddling is done both manually and automatically. The wine ages on lees for about 3 to 4 years.
The terroir of Abrau-Durso includes a unique soft climate, an authentic composition of soils and a special compass rose of Caucasus foothills. The wind carries aromas of local nature into the vineyards, which the wine styles reflect. The winds of Abrau-Durso valley in the foothills of Navagir Mountains create a mixture of dry herb, steppe flowers, salty sea and fresh lake aromas.

Millions of years ago, Abrau-Durso vineyards were the ocean floor. Today, sea minerals give power to the vines. Limestone dominates the soils, which makes it similar to some of the world’s best winemaking areas (such as Chablis). The proximity of the Black Sea and the green forests of the North Caucasus National Park create the perfect conditions for Abrau-Durso’s vineyards. Located amphitheatrically in between green hills, they get the most of the sun. The proximity of the sea is especially important at night when the vines need a chill for the grapes to ripen in the right way.


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