Quinta do Baixo, Vinhas Velhas Branco, Bairrada, Portugal 2014

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Quinta do Baixo, Vinhas Velhas Branco, Bairrada, Portugal 2014

38.00

This is simply spectacular. If you want a thrill that’s on a par with the most chiselled Grand Cru Chablis or the very finest silex-based Sancerre, then you won’t be disappointed. This blend of Bical and Maria Gomes is an aromatic sensation. “Chalk flew up!” to coin a John McEnroe phrase. It’s an outburst of quarry dust, wet stones and marble chippings, sweetened by tangerine juice, orange pith and lemon sorbet and although it spent nearly two years in barrel, the intensity of those 100 year-old vines just took it in their stride and it doesn’t taste remotely oaky, just showing the finest suggestion of cedar wood shavings. This was the star white wine at the annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ tasting, which showcases hand-picked selections from the top eleven independent wine importers in the UK. 11% alc. Drink now-2024.


Press review:

Jancis Robinson: “Centenarian vines. Bical & Maria Gomes. 20 months in foudres. Saline, mineral and smoky. Crushed rocks and yet, uncannily, a touch of something floral on the nose, opening up to ripe citrus. Lean but very long. So youthful still. Lively and long and full of the energy of the Atlantic. Needs time. Drink now-2030.” 17 points

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