Quinta do Côtto Douro & Port
Owner and winemaker Miguel Champalimaud has made Douro reds from the early 1980s, long before the recent explosion in their production. The Côtto wines from 50 ha of vineyards are concentrated and muscular but with much greater refinement in recent years than the slightly tough, brawny, if characterful efforts from the 1980s and early 1990s, though they lack the finesse of the best producers. The Grande Escolha does in fact mean what are considered by their maker to be the great years, when a selection of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca grapes undergo an extended maceration prior to ageing in new Portuguese oak. Still rather forbidding in its youth, there is good dimension as well as increasing complexity with age; it shouldn’t be drunk with less than 6–8 years’ cellaring. The regular Côtto needs time too, often 5 years. As well as a flavoursome white Douro, decent Vinho Verde (from a mix of varietals subject to some oak influence) has good fruit and ripeness but more elegant are varietal Loureiro and Avesso sold as Vinho Regional Minho. Good Vintage Port is also made occasionally.
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