Massandra wines ...
intensity and strength rarely experienced
Our historic wines originate from the mountains of
Massandra, which rise along the southeast coast between the mountains
on the Crimea peninsula and the Black Sea. Massandra wine is a strong,
sweet dessert and aperitif wine, which if stored properly can be
enjoyed for a century and more.
We have sweetly nuanced dessert wines and good port
wines from the Russian Tsars cellars (1905 to 1945). At Sothebys,
every single type of wine we sell was tasted and its condition examined.
In1897 Count Woronzow and Prince Golizyn undertook
their first attempt to produce the coveted sweetly nuanced wines
for the Tsar court; at first they had in mind to copy the then highly
esteemed wines Château dYquem, as well as Hungarian
Tokay, port, sherry and madeira.
They soon found out that the climate and soil were
ideally suited for the Western European models vines, but
also realized that the strong, full-bodied wines certainly had a
character of their own.
Now that I have been allowed to taste wine
from seven open bottles,
I am happy to confirm a feat which is indeed very rare in
they were all impeccable and delicious.