PRATS & SYMINGTON, CHRYSEIA
DOURO VALLEY, PORTUGAL 2019
When Bruno Prats, owner of the famed Château Cos-d’Estournel in Bordeaux, partnered with the legendary Symington family in Portugal's Douro Valley, it was instant magic. As Wine Spectator wrote, the joining of forces modulates "the power of the Douro's fruit with a Bordelaise finesse."
The duo's powerhouse red, Chryseia Douro, has had quite a run of it of late. And the 2019 vintage — which we are fortunate to have obtained a small allocation of -- may well be the best of a recent stellar stretch.
Wine Spectator again named it one of the Top 100 Wines of 2022, awarding 96 points and writing — in an almost giddy prose — "Racy and linear up front, this fleshes out on the palate, with silky tannins and a lovely range of black plum reduction, blackberry coulis, medicinal herb and iron flavors that show rich hints of licorice drop and espresso, before reining everything in again on the firm, focused and well-spiced finish."
This, on the heels of the 2018 vintage landing at No. 42 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2021 and the 2017 racking up 95 points from Wine Spectator, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, and Decanter.
In short, collectors, this is a wine to invest in, with many handsome dividends awaiting you down the road.
What impressed us, most of all, in our recent tasting was how foundationally solid it is. When we talk about houses, we speak of good bones — a house built the right way, that is, with a proper base, and using the best materials. Well, this is a wine with good bones, starting, as all great wines must, with the vines.
The Symington family vineyards are sustainably managed with minimum intervention, and they maintain the largest area of organic vineyard in northern Portugal. The site belongs to the famed Quinta do Ataíde — a unique patch of earth, with a loamier soil than that of the rest of the Douro and growing conditions that are ideal for the production of high-quality wine. No herbicides are used (or needed), and the dryness of the micro-climate limits competing (and potentially damaging) vegetation.
That terroir is not simply present in their wines — it’s honored.
A blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, the 2019 aged for 14 months in French oak, and — true to the winery's mission of low yield excellence — just over 3300 cases were produced.
Wines of the Douro often lead with their size, but here again we see the influence of Prats: for all its heft, it seduces with its freshness, silkiness, and soft tannins.
We can extend special Concierge Family pricing for the next week, so take advantage of this prime opportunity to stock your cellar with a powerful, crowd-pleasing red that is only going to get better and better over time.
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