NEW! Quinta de Baixo 'Lagar de Baixo', Niepoort Vinhos, Bairrada, Portugal 2015

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NEW! Quinta de Baixo 'Lagar de Baixo', Niepoort Vinhos, Bairrada, Portugal 2015

21.95

“The price point seems almost laughable… Back up the truck.” - 94 points, The Wine Advocate

Portuguese wine is like poetry. Lots of people say they like it, but no ones buys it. If I were to choose one poet to convince people to shell out for an anthology, then I’d probably choose Philip Larkin and by extending that analogy until it cries out in pain, if I were to choose one Portuguese winery to convince people to shell out for a case of wine, then I would choose Quinta de Baixo. Their wines are daring, exciting, light in bodyweight, but crammed with thrilling flavours. Real terroir wines that taste of shiny red berries as much as they do crushed rocks and Atlantic weather. That’s poetic licence, but surely I can use it given the build-up. It’s flinty and mineral and crunchy, but it’s also ethereally perfumed and sweetly succulent and elegant and weighs in at a featherweight 11.5% alc. It’s a wine for those who like high-toned, sylph-like reds with aromas that float like wispy veils, the way the moon dashes through clouds that blow loosely as cannon-smoke. With apologies to Philip Larkin. Drink now-2026.

Press review:

The Wine Advocate: ““The 2015 Lagar de Baixo is a Baga that may represent Niepoort's best bargain this issue. It was aged in well-used 2,000-litre foudres for 20 months and comes in at 11.5% alcohol. This is spectacular enough this issue that the price point seems almost laughable, if, of course, you like dry reds with acidity, low alcohol, flavour, the ability to age, fine precision and perfect focus. (If you're looking for fat, dense and sweet, look elsewhere.) It rivals its sibling, the Gonçalves Faria Tinto, in flavour but seems to have better structure. The serious backbone doesn't seem like mid-level wine, and the finish is very long. It's not just about austerity and power, though. I believe I mentioned flavour. The fine, lifted flavours on the finish let this end in waves of raspberries. It is very aromatic, too. This fruity Baga is unusual in that it is indeed fruity (not exactly what the region is known for) yet hard-edged and crisp. The texture is pure silk and makes it very sensual, by the way. It could use a couple of years of cellaring to moderate the tannins, but it admittedly tastes great now. Drink it a bit cool. Back up the truck.” 94 points

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