2017 Chryseia, Prats & Symington, Quinta De Roriz, Douro, Portugal

2017 Chryseia, Prats & Symington, Quinta De Roriz, Douro, Portugal

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2017 Chryseia, Prats & Symington, Quinta De Roriz, Douro, Portugal

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The top wine of the estate has a deep colour with an opaque core anticipating a great deal of concentration. A blend of 75% Touriga Nacional and 25% Touriga Franca, the nose is very deep and intense, slightly more restrained than its younger brother at this stage but it will go a long way, there is concentration and complexity already. Dark berry fruits and floral notes initially with aromas of dark chocolate, mocha, roast coffee bean and spicy hints of pepper and clove. The palate is full, multi-layered, supple, round and seductive with an excellent level of concentration and ripe tannins providing a considerable structure to the wine. There is bright fruit with dark notes, cherries, plums, blueberries, accompanied by dry spice, hazelnuts and espresso coffee. Precise and long but slightly tight at the moment, this wine will benefit immensely from a few years in the cellar. Drink 2023 – 2043.
Javier Perurena, Private Account Manager

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Wine Advocate95/100
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. Drinking 2022 – 2045.
95/100 Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate (December 2019) Read more
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. Drinking Window 2022 - 2034
Sarah Ahmed, decanter.com (May 2020) Read more

About this WINE



Chryseia is the fruit of two of the "old world's" greatest wine making traditions, produced in the unique Douro Valley in Northern Portugal. In 1998, the Symington family joined forces with Bruno Prats, a leading Bordeaux winemaker and former owner of Cos D'Estournel, to produce a top class red wine in the Douro. Douro means "golden" in Portuguese, and its Greek translation is "Chryseia".

Chryseia is primarily made from Touriga Nacional, a low yielding variety of great complexity and finesse, and 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. Each variety has been chosen from the vineyard where it grows best. The proportion of the varietals is deliberately not published as this is expected to vary from year to year.

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The Douro region begins 100km inland from Porto and extends east to the Spanish border. With its winding river, sculptured terraced hillsides and wild, hilly vistas it is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world.

Dominated by the region’s famous fortified Ports, the Douro’s still wines are gaining a rapidly improving reputation. Most top wines are labelled as Douro DOC (Denominação de Origem Controlada) although there are also some good wines using French grape varieties (not authorised under the DOC) that are labelled as Vinho Regional Terras Durienses.

With much of the areas overlapping, the Douro DOC covers almost 38,000ha, the Vinho Regional slightly more (45,500ha) and the DO for Port slightly less (32,000ha). The region’s soils benefit from a thick layer of schist on top of the typical granite that abounds in most of northern Portugal. The schist absorbs and radiates heat back into the vines, while allowing the limited amount of rain to seep far into the ground and the vine roots to delve deep into the vertical planes.

The wines are predominantly red and range from relatively light, lively and fruity to deep, dark, concentrated and fully-flavoured. The former tend to be made from Rabigato, Gouveio, Codega, Donzelinho, Malvasia Fina and Viosinho while the latter come from the better-known Port varieties: Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional, Tinta Francesca, Tinto Cão, Bastardo, Mourisco Tinto, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Barroca. Classic French varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer are also planted and used to produce the Vinho Regional wines.

Recommended Producers: Quinta de la Rosa, Jorge Moreira, Altano

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Touriga Nacional

Touriga Nacional

Touriga Nacional is a highly regarded grape variety indigenous to Portugal, often considered the country's flagship red grape. Known for its intense aromas and flavours, the wines typically feature dark fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, and plums, along with distinctive floral notes like violets and hints of spices, herbs, and chocolate. These generally have high tannin levels, good acidity, and deep, dark colour, contributing to their structure and ageing potential.

Touriga Nacional vines have low yields, often resulting in more concentrated flavours. The grape thrives in the hot, dry conditions of the Douro Valley, a region known for its poor soils and steep, rocky terrains. Its resilience and adaptability to these harsh conditions make it valuable for Portuguese winemakers.

Touriga Nacional is crucial in wine blends, especially in Port wine production. Its robust character and high tannin content make it ideal for creating fortified wines that can age for many years. Additionally, it is increasingly used in dry red table wines, often blended with other Portuguese varieties such as Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), and Tinta Barroca to create complex and balanced wines.

Globally, Touriga Nacional is gaining recognition and being planted in other wine regions, including Australia, South Africa, and the United States. Winemakers appreciate its potential for producing high-quality wines with great depth, complexity, and ageing potential.

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