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2015, Chryseia, Douro, Portugal

RP Rating: BONCRŪ Fine Wines

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Prats (Cos d' Estournel) & Symington 2015 Chryseia is a 65/35 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca aged for 15 months in mostly (80%) new French oak. It comes in at 14.2% alcohol. Wonderfully refined and sophisticated, with all that old-school finesse in the mid-palate, this still has sufficient depth—in fact, it expands in the glass—along with ripe tannins for support. Focused, flavorful and precise, this very debonair Chryseia doesn't lack for anything. It also, happily, isn't a wine that hits you over the head. It is all about elegance and balance. It should acquire more complexity with age and it will certainly reward a few years in the cellar, if not more. This could be a fine Bordeaux but instead it is a lovely Chryseia. It is a nice step up over the 2014—a much tougher year. While that overachieved, I doubt it will hold itself together in the cellar as well as this will (RP).


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RP Rating: BONCRŪ Fine Wines