A new white from the Douro

This wine is new in at Apolónia (€17.95) and the label depicting two beautifully drawn butterfly illustrations certainly catches the eye.

No information about the wine can be found online, but it is made by Douro-based French winemaker Jean-Hugues Gros, a consultant oenologist who also has his own wines under the Odisseia brand.

This is a very well-made Douro white, a blend of the traditional grape varieties Rabigato, Viosinho and Gouveio aged in French oak. I often find premium whites from the Douro to be over-oaked for my taste but here we have beautiful balance.

The oak is well-integrated and I suspect a mixture of new and used oak was used here. The tropical fruit notes of the Douro varieties come to the front with just a hint of oak on the nose with great freshness in the mouth and vibrant acidity.

This is a white that should age well for quite a few years, but this recently released 2020 is already drinking beautifully.

patrick.stuart@open-media.net