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Domeniile Franco-Române

Domeniile Franco-Române

Domeniile Franco-Române

  • Romania
Big things have been happening to wine in Romania, and Burgundian Denis Thomas is leading the charge. The winery is in Romania`s most respected area, Dealu Mare (the great hill), about an hour north of Bucharest in the foothills of the Carpathians. Denis came here at the behest of Moillard (the Burgundy giant) and decided ultimately to do his own thing. Great soils, cleansing breezes and a continental climate encouraged him to go organic and his Burgundian roots means he makes elegant, sumptuous wines.

If you like rich Burgundy with a limey twist and delicate oak, the Chardonnay Crai Nou Dealu Mare DOC is the one for you. Probably closest in style to posh Mâcon, it has lovely depth and drive that Chardonnay rarely acheives outside of France. The Pinot Noir Crai Nou Dealu Mare DOC is a supple mid-weight wine, quite dark and very pure. It`s showing lovely dried fruit, mature characters underneath rich, gentle tannins. Denis describes his Fateasca Neagra Terra Pretiosa Dealu Mare DOC as being like Pinot Noir crossed with Syrah, so with a deeper colour than the Pinot, with a slightly smoky character and of great stature. This is very different without being bonkers. We`d be completely stumped if we had it blind because it combines full-on Mediterranean ripeness with cool climate characters such as briars, blackcurrants and garrigue herbs.

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