2017 Niepoort Douro Coche Branco

White Blend

  • Portugal
  • Douro

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Community Tasting Note

  • eagreni wrote: 93 points

    May 15, 2020 - A blend of the local Portuguese grapes arinto, rabigato and codega do larinho. High altitude vineyards up to about 600 meters and old vines with age up to 100 years help to make this an extremely successful wine. Stored for 12 months on French barrique.

    Aired in decanter for 5 hours prior to serving. Delicious florality in the direction of orange blossom, yellow apples, citrus, white peach, quite mineral with distinct flint aromas, smoke, wet stone, hazelnuts, some butter tones. Complex and beautiful nose in constantly change. Great concentration, good acidity and lovely balance. The high altitude helps to give a rather cool expression from an otherwise warm area. Everything ends up in a lovely and very long mineral and slightly salty finish. Young and maybe a little tight now, but still very enjoyable already. With time this is guaranteed to get even better.

    I served this wine blind to an experienced group of wine tasters. It was really interesting to listen to the discussion around the table. The name Coche tells us that Dirk Niepoort does not even try to hide where the inspiration for this wine came from, and the tasters were all 100% agreed that this was chardonnay. Most thought it was from Central Burgundy, while some wondered if this could be California of high quality, like Sanford & Benedict. The conclusion eventually became Central Burgundy of high quality, but a wine that lacks a certain address. I bet Dirk would have been very pleased if he heard the discussion and conclusion.

    This was also served right after Filipa Pato Nossa Calcario 2018 (how often do two white Portuguese appear in the same blind tasting?), and this was a big step up in terms of quality.

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