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2018 AXL Rose Valley Misket, Chateau Copsa

2018 AXL Rose Valley Misket, Chateau Copsa
ref. COPS180 WIN19

Wine Variety: This variety, Misket Cherven, is the most widely-planted indigenous white wine producing grape variety in Bulgaria. Confusingly, Cherven is Bulgarian for red but is used here because this grape has pink skins when ripe. There are other grapes called Misket in Bulgaria, but this one, Misket Cherven, is unrelated to those and, indeed, unrelated to any of the Muscats! 

Wine Region: We're in central Bulgaria here, in the Thracian Lowlands between the Balkan Mountains and Sredna Gora. Wine has been produced in Bulgaria for over three millennia, aided first by the Romans, then the arrival of Christianity in the latter half of the 9th century. After WWII, a communist government set up Vinprom, a state wine and spirit monopoly. In the 1960s, vast tracts of land were planted with grapes and wine was produced on an industrial scale. The turning point for Bulgarian wine was the country joining the EU in 2007, since when foreign investment has led to a rejuvenation of the Bulgarian wine business. 

Wine Producer: Minko Minkov founded Chateau Copsa in 1998. Copsa is a Thracian name for a local ancient settlement. They now work 50 hectares of vineyards, Mikno having bought up both old vineyards and land for planting. In 2017 they added a hotel and restaurant to their facility. 

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£78.00
Style
Style:
Dry White - fruity
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Misket Cherven
  Producer
Producer:
Chateau Copsa
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
10°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
  Country
Country:
Bulgaria
  Appellation
Appellation:
Rose Valley
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2021
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Thracian Lowlands
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

This is really very pale in the glass: an almost water-white straw colour, very clear. This is rather more aromatic than one at first realises and I can smell the aromas as it sits on the desk in front of me. It gives up scents of familiar orchard fruit - apple and pears – along with spice in spades: a spice that becomes more exotic with agitation. And there’s a note like flower petals and herbs that emerges with a good swirl. The palate is dry, nicely rich, and dotted with the dry spice that comes over rather peppery, if not toasted. More orchard fruit and the acidity is about crisp apples. The spice almost becomes capsicum-like. This is a really fascinating glass of wine. Drinkable on its own, but would stand some quite robust food i.e. it’s really quite a versatile wine.

#3wordtastingnote: spice, apples, flowers

 Download printable tasting notes for 2018 AXL Rose Valley Misket, Château Copsa


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