Roquette E Cazes Douro
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PRODUCER: Jorge Roquette (Quinta do Crasto, Douro) and Jean-Michel Cazes (Chateau Lynch-Bages) were already united by a firm bond of friendship before going into partnership to create great wines using grape varieties native to the Douro valley. The latest fruit of this collaboration, “Roquette e Cazes” came into being with the 2006 vintage. More accessible, it is in fact ready to taste as soon as it is put on the market.
WINEMAKING: Harvest occurred at an optimal stage of maturity. Grapes were carried into Quinta do Crasto´s winery in 25 kg boxes. After a rigorous selection, stalks were removed, and grapes were crushed and transferred into stainless steel conic shaped vats. Then, a long maceration period took place using “delestage”, an alternative French technique to the classic pumping over method. Follow by 16 to 18 months in French oak barrels (70% new, 30% one year of use).
TASTING NOTES: The wine shows a deep purple colour. The complex nose reveals fresh berry fruits notes and elegant hints of violet and spice. An elegant start that leads to a well structured wine, with fine-textured tannins. On the palate this vintage has flavours of berry fruit nicely combined with delicate notes of violet. The finish is fresh and lingering.