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

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

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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. 20 months in foudres. Very pale gold. Fabulous aroma that is really creamy and fresh but also has a lively complexity even now with a little time in bottle. Citrus – lime and grapefruit – cedar, verging on unripe/tart apricots and orange pith. Tight, zesty and intensely fresh. So moreish and mouth-watering and refreshing. Long, piercing and highly focused. Drink now-2024.” 16.5 points

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