Why you'll love this wine?
Using grapes grown in the tiny microclimate of the Etulia region in Southern Moldova, Black Doktor wine is a blend of three well known grapes, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot and Saperavi. But that’s where your familiarity will end as Black Doktor is a completely unique red wine.
Matured in French oak barrels this smooth, full bodied, sweet red wine carries a name that evokes legend and superstition. Whether Black Doktor is the mysterious ancient elixir known for curing body and soul or related to the sacremental Kagor wines of ancient Russian Orthodoxy, one thing is for sure, Black Doktor is an experience.
Often drunk cold, Black Doktor is a chocolatley, pruney, ripe red fruit delight. Undeniably sweet and depending on your palette, Black Doktor could be considered a desert wine when drunk at room temperature or enjoyed as a unique, robust red when chilled.
It has an army of fans who will attest to it’s restorative properties!
Best enjoyed with...
There are not too many wines that can be enjoyed equally cold or at room temperature. This makes Black Doktor very versatile and depending on your preference, suitable for just about any occassion.
Drink it alone lightly chilled, after dinner with cheese and desert, or to accompany any hearty, full flavoured food.
What are wine lovers like you saying...
“Very smooth, fruity wine. No dry aftertaste. Lovely.”
“This is usually my go-to red wine.”
“Best served cold. Fruity, dark berries. An amazing refreshing red”
Who made this wine..?
Château Purcari – Bostavan
Bostavan is a brand name of wine produced under the umbrella of Château Purcari in Moldova.
Château Purcari has an illustrious history with roots that can be traced back to Medieval times. At the end of the twelfth century, Moldova’s wine industry had become a major part of south eastern Europe’s economy. The whole region has favourable conditions for viniculture but specific areas were especially fertile for growing the most full-bodied grapes. The village of Purcari and the Agon Zograf Monastery vineyards lay at the heart of this special terroir.
Recognizing similarities in the soil and climate with the Bordeaux region, French settlers entered into partnerships with the monastery and began cultivating Purcari’s special vintages in the eighteenth century.
Several decades later, after the enterprise had become a success, it was confirmed that Purcari vineyards are located at the same latitude as France’s famous wine region, and like Bordeaux, the soil rich was rich in rubidium (which is what gives both regions’ wines their intense purple colour). As the region’s red wines were developed, their bouquets were able to attain comparable levels of intensity and complexity.
The Foundation Of Château Purcari
In 1827, Tsar Nicholas I issued a special decree granting Purcari the status of the first specialised winery in Bessarabia. It was named in honour of one of the founders originating from Germany – Harmizone. Since then, the owners of Purcari have been Moldovan boyars (barons) Dancila and Clot and also other Germans, Russians and French citizens.
By 1878, the winery was being celebrated in a closed wine tasting at the Paris World Expo. French experts were impressed with a dry wine of an intense ruby colour, sure that it was a new Bordeaux wine. What a surprise when they found out that it had originated in a small village on the banks of the Dniester River. Negru de Purcari wine won its first gold medal at an international exhibition.
For many years, Purcari wines were as popular as Bordeaux or Burgundy wines. With the likes of Tsar Nicholas II, King George V and Queen Victoria enjoying them.
The Moldovan wine industry was devastated by the World Wars and not until the 1950’s were efforts made to resurrect the production techniques of old.
Wine Making Today
With renewed focus on western markets and a commitment to producing truly world beating wines once again, Château Purcari replanted 250 hectares of vineyards in the early 2000’s and installed state-of-the-art technology at the winery.
The last decade of Purcari’s almost two centuries long history has seen the winery reach a new and advanced stage of development. With the vineyards planted in 2003 reaching maturity, the quality of the grapes has improved significantly. The Château is once again competing for discerning palates around the world with a range of highly regarded wines.
Given that it’s a fairly small Country with only 3.5m inhabitants, it might surprise you to know that Moldova is one of the World’s largest wine producers. Currently ranking 14th… that places it above New Zealand! In fact, Moldovan wine production dates back at least 3000 years and so Moldova can be considered a bonafide ‘Old World’ wine producer.
Wine making has a huge impact on the Countries economy with nearly 20% of the population engaged in the industry in some way and over 7% of agricultural land dedicated to wine making. That is a higher percentage than any other in the World! As well as great soils and sunny slopes, Moldova lies at the same latitude as Bordeaux! Who’d have known?
The vast majority of Moldovan wine production has for centuries made its way across the border to Russia and this alone accounts for the lack of awareness and visibility of Moldovan wine in Europe.
Recent political spats with Russia in the 1950’s and more recently in 2013, when Moldova announced trade talks with the EU, have seen Russia ban the import of Moldovan wine on various occassions causing significanty harm to the industry and the broader economy.
The upside of this is a newly acquired focus on developing quality wines for the European and other markets. In some ways similar to the Spanish wine story, there’s a conserted effort in Moldova to move away from being a cheap high volume producer to instead develop quality wines.