Arguably Portugal's top red wine that's not a Port - this wine is unusual, tasty, and an amazing deal for a world class bottle of wine. Reminiscent of a 1st growth Bordeaux, but made from Portugals native varieties. Chryseia is made from Touriga Nacional, a low yielding variety of great complexity and finesse, and Touriga Franca (was Touriga Francesa) which is more tannic. Also used are Tinta Roriz, known as Tinto del País (Tempranillo) in Ribera del Duero, and Tinto Cão, a variety with a most attractive aroma.
"A joint venture between the Symington family and Bruno Prats, formerly of Chateau Cos d'Estournel in Bordeaux, has produced Chryseia. The name is Greek for "gold", a play on the River Douro's name (which means "gold" in Portuguese). It is a fully extracted wine, with purple colors and rich tannins, but it is also finely balanced and very elegant. Still young, with a dry finish, it should develop in a classic Bordeaux way over the next 5-10 years."
"I have now tasted the rather sumptuous first vintage, 2000, of Chryseia several times - the new Douro red produced jointly by the Symingtons of port and Bruno Pratts of Chile and once of Cos d'Estournel. No overripe character. No hot finish. Quite claret-like in fact, and very serious in intent, though I suspect future vintages will be even richer".
Jancis Robinson - Wines of 2002
"Much more exciting has been the recent appearance of Chryseia... a serious wine which tilts at the very top of the market. It doesn't wish to be sweet and porty and shuns the leathery aromas that predominate elsewhere. It leans towards a Bordelais notion of elegance, but is richer and fuller than any of Chatonets wines."
Giles Macdonogh. Decanter, June 2002