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Prats & Symington Chryseia Douro 2017

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Intense color which reflects great concentration. On the nose, the oak is perfectly integrated and the floral notes of the Touriga Nacional combine well with the more balsamic notes of the Touriga Franca. A touch of chocolate on the finish. On the palate, the structure is very rich and long. The tannins are round and soft with elegance, minerality, and freshness. The finish is very long and aromatic. A wine of great ageing potential, balancing great concentration with elegance and finesse.

Blend: 75% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca

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WS 95
Wine Spectator
Powerful and refined, with polished tannins enveloping the red plum reduction and kirsch flavors, interwoven with vanilla, baking spice and dried floral details. Brooding undertones of vivid mineral, espresso and toast round out the lengthy finish. Needs a little time to unwind. Best from 2022 through 2035.
RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Chryseia is a 75/25 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca aged for 16 months in mostly (80%) new French oak. It comes in at 14.1% alcohol. From a big vintage, this shows intense fruit, but the calling card here will be its finesse and focus. It is a beautifully crafted wine. Very precise, this has a long and tight finish. The aromatic fruit is in need of some development, and this really needs cellaring for a couple of years. With aeration, it does become more expressive, but this is not ready, even though the tannins are not really hard. The fruit needs to develop more than the tannins need to moderate. This looks like a potentially great Chryseia, but it is not showing all it has today. It is certainly the most refined of the Symington/P&S wines this issue, with a very Old World feel to it, if you'll pardon the stereotype. It showed beautifully the next day as well. At that point, the fruit demonstrated how concentrated it really is. The only remaining question is how well it does in the cellar. I'm betting that it does well.
D 95
Perfumed kid glove and vanillin oak, with dried mint to the nose and attack suggesting an effusive palate; but the palate is emphatically structural. Aged in 400-litre oak barrels (80-90% new), tight-knit, textural tannins contain the brooding spicy blackcurrant and ripe, juicy cherry and berry core. Chiselled, with a sense of mineral, dry extract and firm under-pinning, this well-focused keeper may warrant a higher score in time, once the tannins integrate.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Produced for 20 years, this wine has become an iconic example of the power of great Douro red wines. The latest vintage is, as always, densely impressive, powered by dark tannins and black-plum fruits. Its dry core marks it out as a wine for long-term aging. Drink this impressive wine from 2023.
Cellar Selection
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
This is a lithe and elegant vintage of Chryseia, a blend of touriga nacional and touriga franca from three estates—Quinta de Roriz and Perdiz, owned by the Prats & Symington partnership, and Vila Vela, owned by Rupert Symington and his mother, Penny. It’s firmly structured, the heat of the vintage channeled into scents of dried currants and cranberries, lasting on the spicy floral notes of grape-skin tannins.
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Chryseia, which means "golden" in Greek, is one of the leading red table wines from Portugal's Douro Valley. Crafted by Prats & Symington family, Port producers since 1882, and Bruno Prats, former owner of the famed Chateau Cos d'Estournel, Chryseia began with some experimental lots of wine in 1999. Sine that time, the wine has demonstrated the incredible potential of combining winemaking expertise from the Douro Valley and Bordeaux, two of the world's best wine regions. Chryseia further underscored its commitment to producing wine in the Douro Valley with the acquisition of Quinta de Perdiz, and the legendary Quinta de Roriz in 2009.
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The home of Port—perhaps the most internationally acclaimed beverage—the Douro region of Portugal is one of the world’s oldest delimited wine regions, established in 1756. The vineyards of the Douro, set on the slopes surrounding the Douro River (known as the Duero in Spain), are incredibly steep, necessitating the use of terracing and thus, manual vineyard management as well as harvesting. The Douro's best sites, rare outcroppings of Cambrian schist, are reserved for vineyards that yield high quality Port.

While more than 100 indigenous varieties are approved for wine production in the Douro, there are five primary grapes that make up most Port and the region's excellent, though less known, red table wines. Touriga Nacional is the finest of these, prized for its deep color, tannins and floral aromatics. Tinta Roriz (Spain's Tempranillo) adds bright acidity and red fruit flavors. Touriga Franca shows great persistence of fruit and Tinta Barroca helps round out the blend with its supple texture. Tinta Cão, a fine but low-yielding variety, is now rarely planted but still highly valued for its ability to produce excellent, complex wines.

White wines, generally crisp, mineral-driven blends of Arinto, Viosinho, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina and an assortment of other rare but local varieties, are produced in small quantities but worth noting.

With hot summers and cool, wet winters, the Duoro has a maritime climate.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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