Carassia Méthode Traditionnelle
The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017 Silver Medal
The bubblesThe connection between CARASSIA and the Pannonhalma Archabbey is as deep as the relation between champagne and the Benedictine Monastic Order. Many doubt that champagne was actually discovered by Dom Pérignon, a Benedictine monk of the Hautvillers Abbey. However, the legend persists. According to the legend, at the beginning of the 18th century Father Pérignon, the cellar master of the abbey, wanted to impress his fellow monks with a new wine, therefore he opened an unfermented, sugary bottle of wine. He took a sip of the wine and cried out:
„I am drinking the stars!”Dom Pérignon was the first ambassador of sparkling wines: he promoted with great patience this ‘badly crafted’ wine among the monks. Such great patience and generosity is the key to all quality sparkling wines. The traditional Champagne- method guarantees a double fermentation for the wine: after the primary fermentation of the wine, a second fermentation occurs in the bottle. This is how the elegantly sparkling wine is born, twice-born actually, just like Dionysus, the ancient Greek God.
The method of producing champagne hasn’t changed almost at all since the 17th century – hence the name traditional method (méthode traditionnelle). During the 18th century, improvements in the fermentation process have occurred, especially when the thick, dark green or black-colored, 1,6 french pint-size bottles were imported from England. Thanks to this new method, champagne has become the favourite drink of Louis XIV of France, The Sun King. Louis XIV loved luxury and splendor. He was the one who introduced the concept of breakfast with champagne to France. This is how sparkling wine started its journey to become the most desired drink of the upper classes. Today, it is still the symbol of success, celebration and glory.
The WineryCarastelec Winery cultivates a 22-hectares vineyard since 2013. The vineyard is one contiguous area located on a south-facing slope, thus it resembles a ‘natural amphiteather’. CARASSIA sparklings are made exclusively of grapes from our own vineyard, where grapes were selected for the base wine from the outset, and were handled with special care all along the process. When it comes to sparkling production, it is essential that grape processing takes place in the immediate vicinity of the plantation. Our winery building – which won the prestigious Construction Industry Award in 2015 – was designed from the very beginning with the special purpose to serve sparkling wine production in situ. The building operates on green energy: a geothermal pump provides cooling and heating; power consumption is reduced thanks to the solar panels.
The sparkling winesOur sparkling wines are produced strictly in line with the traditional method: that is by second fermentation and maturation in bottles. Each step of the production process – from the first and second fermentation to disgorging, bottling and labelling – is done on the spot, with the help of the most modern equipment.
Blanc de Blancs Brut This item is best to pair with goat cheese, Asparagus, sushi, fish and foie gras. It is characterized by a harmonious structure: the perfect balance of freshness and maturity. It has an elegant and creamy taste; a single sip of it reveals the complexity of the Chardonnay grapes and its long-lasting aging on the lees. It has flavors of green pear, apricot and green apple combined with brioche and yeast aromas. The creamy mousse gives its fine texture; its aftertaste resembles honey and white flower flavors. The long-lasting fine bubbles make it unique.
Rosé Brut This bright salmon-colored item can be paired with duck and rabbit meat, salmon, mushrooms and Thai cuisine alike. It is intensely fruity. Besides the Pinot Noir character, with an underlined raspberry aroma, it is also characterized by brioche and yeasty notes, which reveal the long aging process in the bottle. Its complex almond-like aftertaste is combined with its rich, intense fruitiness. Its effervescence is long-lasting, vivid and creamy.
Classic Extra Brut Carassia Classic Extra Brut is perfect for celebrating special holidays and unique occasions. It is the perfect accompaniment to strawberries and salmon caviar. This shimmering pale yellow colored sparkling has apricot, green pears and citrus scents mixed with the scent of freshly baked bread. The fruity and yeasty notes in its taste are in perfect harmony – its lemon oil, apricot, brioche and yeast aromas persist in the mouth. Its fine, long-lasting effervescence is guaranteed by the concurrence of creamy and crisp acids.
CARASTELEC SPARKLING WINERYCarastelec Village nr. 604, Sălaj County, Romania
Phone Number: +40 740 040 777
OPENING HOURSMonday to Friday: 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday: by prior appointment
ACCESSIBILITYCarastelec Winery is located in Carastelec village. One can get here from two directions. From the direction of the E81 National Road one needs to head towards Șimleu Silvaniei. From the direction of the E60 National Road, after Aleșd one needs to continue on the 1H Regional Road.
GPS: 47°18’30.9″N 22°41’09.0″E