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This dessert red wine has a tradition of about two hundred years. At the end of the 18th century, the Russian Orthodox Church purchased wine from the French area of Cahors as a mass wine and the Russian Tsar's court as a magnificent wine for special occasions. Since there are pronunciation problems in Russian regarding the "h", it became a "g" and "Kagor" a synonym for mass wine. It was already one of the favourite wines of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II (1868-1917). Today it is produced by the famous former Tsar and today's state winery Massandra in the Ukraine. The sweet aged red wine is pressed in the port wine style from Saperavi. A similar dessert wine called "Kagor Tsarskoye" (Tsarskoye = Tsars) is also pressed in neighbouring Moldavia from Cabernet Sauvignon, but also from local varieties. Well-known producers in Moldova are Acorex, Château Vartel, Dionysos Mereni and Purcari.

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