Chryseia, Prats and Symington, Douro
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Wine information: A World Heritage site and one of the oldest established wine-producing regions in the world, the Douro valley is, without doubt, one of the most distinctive terroirs in the history of world viticulture. The unique partnership of the Symington family’s unparalleled experience of port production in the Douro and Bruno Prats (previously wine maker at Cos D’Estournel vast wine-making experience of top-growth Bordeaux wines has resulted in a wine which will most certainly become a cult classic of the future. Chryseia has been one of the pioneers of the now widely-recognised resurgence of non-fortified Douro DOC wines. However, this wine, whose name means "golden" in ancient Greek – as does the name of the river in Portuguese – has remained true to its own style. Elegance and balance predominate and it has depth without heaviness, and body without sharpness. Chryseia symbolises the union of a noble Portuguese tradition and an equally rich Bordeaux tradition in the creation of a new and modern style of wine. Chryseia was first launched with the 2000 vintage. Chryseia 2006 was made from a rigorous selection of grapes from Quinta da Vila Velha, Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta do Vesuvio. Of the 261.000 kgs. of grapes vinified, 16% were classified for Chryseia, which corresponds to 36.000 bottles. 2006 was a year that favoured grape varieties with more premature ripening patterns. Touriga Nacional represents 60,5% of the final blend of Chryseia 2006, the balance being 39,5% Touriga Franca The final blend was aged for 10 months in new French oak barrels to maintain the finesse of fruit and round off the tannins of this powerful and concentrated wine. This is an excellent and sophisticated wine, made very much in the Bordeaux style.

Tasting Notes: "Very intense youthful colour. Red fruit and discreet wood on the nose. In the mouth the wine shows good acidity, with fresh tannins. Good ageing potential derived from a solid structure and body. Excellent balance. Supple, tender finish with well integrated tannins. A rich, complete and wellbred wine." Bruno Prats, January 2008.

Food & Wine match: An excellent accompaniment to lamb and beef dishes.

Reviews: "This has a rich, spicy aroma, with intense flavors of red plum, spice and plenty of luscious creamy notes. The ripe, intense finish features chocolate-covered cherry and mocha notes." 90 Points KM,

"2006 was a hail affected vintage for this patch of the Douro, although this premium-style red has emerged intact. There is subtle perfume, a long finish with charming and very well-defined cherry and redcurrant fruit with black pepper seasoning. As yet it seems quite young, although the tannic structure is absolutely ready to drink. It deserves a few years to develop, but nothing long-term. Good." 16.5 points,

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