Buckingham Palace bought so much of the 1990 vintage of this it’s affectionately known in Moldova as ‘The Queen of England’s Wine’. Perhaps Her Majesty loves pairing lamb or venison with its mix of currant, plum and spiced Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with interesting, unusual flavours from Saperavi and Rara Negra.
More than half-a-century old, this is a frail wine now, tired and fading. There are still hints of the vibrant currant fruit and leathery spice that made this a favourite of leaders like Leonid Brezhnev and the Politburo. The Soviet answer to Claret echoes the politics it emerged from; faded but still just alive.
Never knowlingly under-embellished, this was the most outré bottle featured on The Wine Show. Glitzy, hand-crafted crystal and 24 carat gold for Moldova’s leading Champagne-method sparkler; a blend of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and bling. Lovely fresh citrus fruit and a floral complexity.