Arcadia Nareen Cuvée Michel Salgues Brut 2015

Points : 7/10

Points : 235 TL at the Arcadia winery

I was quite excited by the idea of tasting this new Turkish sparkling wine. My previous experiences with Turkish sparkling wines had not been very positive.

This bottle is the first sparkling wine made of Narince, a Turkish white grape as versatile as a Chardonnay.

It’s a traditional method aged “sur lie” for 24 months.

It’s dedicated to Michel Salgues, a famous French winemaker (Roederer) and then a wine consultant, who died two years ago and was very much involved in wine making in Turkey.

Needless to say, I was expecting a lot from this « Nareen » made by Arcadia winery.

Well, I’ll be honest, it’s a disappointment really. Even there are some fine aromas like pear, white peach and brioche, it lacks density and it’s definitely too bubbly like it’s highly carbonated.

It also has an unexpected sweet aftertaste.

Try it, make yourself your own opinion.

I love a lot of Turkish wines but when it comes to Turkish sparkling wines, I’d say there’s still a long road ahead to get it right.

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