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Ratings are necessary to better understand a sparkling wine.
I chose a simple POP or FLOP rating system. Anything I want to see again is a POP. Else it’s a FLOP. What ticks my boxes you can read find in the sparkling wine cellar.
Don’t take ratings too serious. A sparkling wine is good if it tastes no matter what rating it has received! Your taste is important but stay informed.
🌐 Region: Bachmut (Artjomowsk)
🇺🇦 Country: Ukraine
🍾 Variety: Krimsekt, Krima, Krimskoye
🍇 Grape varieties: Chardonnay, Riesling, Aligote, Pinot Noir
🌶️ Taste: dry (trocken)
📅 Vintage: 2013
📅 Disgorgement date: –
🥂 Alcohol: 12,0%
🍭 Sugar content: –
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 8,00 €
🏆 Rating: POP
🥂 Drink of the day: 24 May 2020
Artwinery is the former Artyomovsk vinery.
The future of Artwinery is uncertain. The last time they received wine from locations around the port city of Sevastopol in autumn 2013. Since then, they produce from the remaining supplies. The reason for this is the unsolved conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean peninsula in spring 2014. This has an impact on the Ukrainian sparkling wine production.
The sparkling wine, also called Krimsekt, is produced in a depth of 72 meters in underground plaster tunnels. The subterranean microclimate is constant allover the year. Temperature and humidity do not change.
There are more than 25 hectares underground area. Over 30 million bottles of bubbly could be stored there at the same time.
The Artyomovskoye brand is Artwinery’s flagship. The sparkling wine is traditionally available in the variants from dry to sweet. The Russions still have a sweet tooth. Artwinery presently makes in addition a white Krimsekt, brut. This post tells you more about How much residual sugar is in your sparkling wine?
Unlike champagne, Krimsekt is not a protected brand name or designation of origin.
The Artwinery Аrtyomovskoye vintage 2013, trocken (dry) has a minimum of 3 years on the lees using the classic bottle fermentation process. The grape blend is Chardonnay, Riesling, Aligote and Pinot Noir.
The traditional grape varieties for white sparkling wine in the Ukraine are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They are should provide a light but ripe, sunny fruity taste. Riesling should make the wine milder and give it a honey aroma. Finally, Aligote is responsible for the juicy, bitter note of the Krimsekt.
Aligote is an old French grape variety. It produces a good base wine for sparkling wines, although it does not foam very much.
Straw yellow, clear, not particularly fine mousseux.
Cotton candy, grape juice and green apple. Light elderberry syrup notes.
I am not sure whether the cuvée is well mixed in itself. I miss the honey, the juiciness and bitterness.
The sparkling wine tastes like a grape soda. Sweet, light, fresh and fruity-mild. All in all respectable with little ups and downs.
POP or FLOP
POP. Sweet grape juice with a dash of alcohol.
The Artwinery, Аrtyomovskoye, Krima, 2013, trocken (dry) is a case for the curiosity category in my opinion. It does not fit in the usual scheme. The taste is quite old-fashioned and dusty. It is made in bulk and has no ups and downs.
That’s why I don’t drink it solo, on its own. Contrary to my other “dry” sparkling wines, the Krimsekt fits perfectly for breakfast. The fresh sweet taste enriches my pancakes.