In a nutshell:
A big and opulant Bordeaux inspired Bulgarian red from an estate with a French pedigree.
Bessa Valley's owner, Count Stephan von Neipperg, also numbers a clutch of well regarded Bordeaux Châteaux to his name and his wines from his Bulgarian estate are certainly influenced by this. This is a blend of around 50% Merlot, 25% Syrah and smaller proportions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon which, after fermentation, is aged of around 12 months in French oak barrels. The nose is full of vanilla and menthol aromas with plenty of berry fruits also in evidence. On the palate dark fruits dominate with flavours of raisins, liquorice and sweet spice along with rustic, gamey and meaty notes. It has a well rounded structure with quiet prominent, but well integrated tannins.
When to drink:
Quite a robust and beefy wine that's made to drink with food. Beef, naturally, game dishes and strong hard cheese are what's called for here.
Suitable for Vegans