Bulgaria is a wine country, make no mistake. Hundreds if not thousands of years of tradition with some of the world's best vineyard sites lying dormant. It's a dark horse.
This is a superb wine. Big and Bordeaux like with menthol aromas and dark fruit flavours. Rounded, structured, woody, and delicious. This is by far one of the best Bulgarian wines we've tasted, and I'm sure it won't be the last. For those that give this a go, they are rightly rewarded. One of our top picks from the range.
Count Stephan von Neipperg, owner of several famous Bordeaux properties, including Châteaux Canon La Gaffelière and La Mondotte, sought out the Bessa Valley where the wonderful clay-limestone soils showed him the potential to make great wines. 140 Hectares of vines are planted with Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It's the kind of investment Bulgaria needs to finally prove to the world how good the lands are for vine growing. We expect to see more premium juice coming out of there soon.
Region: Bessa Valley
Grapes: Merlot 52%, Shiraz 26%, Others 22%