2019 Prats & Symington Chryseia Douro RedBlend from Portugal
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"Chryseia 2019 was produced from a rigorous selection of grapes from Quinta de Roriz and Quinta da Perdiz, both owned by Prats & Symington. As in all previous editions of C...
- 96 Wine Spectator
- 95+ Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 95 Wine Enthusiast
- 95 Wine & Spirits
96 Wine Spectator
Racy and linear up front, this fleshes out on the palate, with silky tannins and a lovely range of black plum reduction, blackberry coulis, medicinal herb and iron flavors that show rich hints of licorice drop and espresso, before reining everything in again on the firm, focused and well-spiced finish. Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. #52 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2022
95+ Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2019 Chryseia is a 75/25 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca aged for 14 months in mostly (94%) new French oak. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. The new wood certainly changes the profile here, as compared to its siblings in this report, but that's hardly the first thing you'll notice. More importantly, this shows superb depth, sensual texture, fine structure, a long finish and much more ability to age. This is a beautiful Chryseia, and it is not done improving yet. A polished wine, it can be drunk now, but you'll benefit if you give this a few years in the cellar. This should last 20 to 25 years from the vintage date, maybe more, so there is no rush. Drink Date 2023 - 2045
95 Wine Enthusiast
Based on fruit grown at Quinta de Roriz in the heartland of the Douro Valley vineyards, this wine is the result of a joint venture between the Symington family and Bruno Prats, former owner of Château Cos d'Estournel in Bordeaux. The wine is massive and powerful while also having elegance and freshness in the background. It is worth aging this wine for several years; drink from 2026.
95 Wine & Spirits
Sleek, plump and succulent, the first vintages of Chryseia captured attention for their quality, though in blind tastings, their regional identity was not always clear. One of our panelists thought the 2012 might have been a ringer in a flight of Douro wines, observing, “It’s not very Portuguese; the blend feels more like a Bordeaux.” By 2014, Chryseia began to taste more like a Douro wine and the dynamic 2016 took Douro fruit toward silkiness without shedding the distinction of its tannins or the dark flavors of the local varieties. The wine sees less than a year in new oak barrels, holding some delicacy in its powerful depths of fruit. For this critic, the partnership finally arrived with its 20th vintage, the 2019, which, after three days open, offers the layered sense of schist, wild blueberries and dark plums. The luscious fruit and tannic integration feels completely grounded in an idealized Douro.
"Chryseia 2019 was produced from a rigorous selection of grapes from Quinta de Roriz and Quinta da Perdiz, both owned by Prats & Symington. As in all previous editions of Chryseia, there was also the usual contribution from the Roriz neighbouring estate, Quinta da Vila Velha, privately owned by Rupert Symington."- Winery
96 - Wine Spectator
95+ - Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95 - Wine Enthusiast
95 - Wine & Spirits
|Varietal(s)||Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca|
|Taste||ripe cherry, peppercorn, cinnamon, plum, red fruit, cocoa, honey, vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruit, spice, earth, perfume, floral and violet|
|Nose||ripe cherry, peppercorn, cinnamon, plum, red fruit, cocoa, honey, vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruit, spice, earth, perfume, floral and violet|