Real Companhia Velha Douro/Port
The Douro’s largest landowner and biggest maker of port enjoys wide distribution around the globe. Its Royal Oporto brand is familiar to most consumers even if they haven’t drunk it. Its inclusion here, however, is for its revitalised production of Douro table wines, one or two of which are worthy of more than passing mention. The Evel red offers plenty of fruit while the Porca de Murça Riserva adds more structure and complexity. But for those interested in premium Douro reds it is a Grande Escholha version of Evel (from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Cão) and the revived Grantom label (which adds Cabernet Sauvignon to the two Tourigas) that should be tasted. Both these reds have quite a forbidding structure but the Evel Grande Escolha in particular shows a capitivating complexity and intensity. Unusual for the Douro is a Chardonnay from low-yielding vines on the Quinta do Cidrô that delivers good flavour and texture. In 2010, Jorge Moreira (Poeira) who started out here, succeeded Jerry Luper as Technical Director. Expect the wines to attain new levels of refinement.
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