Chryseia is a Douro field blend made by Prats and Symington. 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 Bordeauxs 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 and was first launched with the 2000 vintage.
Chryseia is made from a rigorous selection of grapes sourced from from Prats and Symington’s two Upper Douro Valley vineyards, Quinta de Roriz and Quinta da Perdiz. Another property called Quinta da Vila Velha, which is privately owned by a member of the Symington family, also contributed some of its best grapes, as it has for every vintage of Chryseia. Chryseia 2014 is a blend of 53% Touriga Nacional and 47% Touriga Franca aged for 15 months in 400 litre French oak barrels. Bottling takes place at Vila Nova de Gaia in a modern bottling centre owned by the Symington family.
The winemakers are Bruno Prats, Charles Symington, Pedro Correia and Luis Coelho. An excellent and sophisticated wine, made very much in the Bordeaux style.