jamie goode's wine blog: Four remarkable old Colares wines

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Four remarkable old Colares wines

Some fantastic wines were shown at yesterday's portfolio tasting from Clark-Foyster wines. But there was a nice surprise, too. Filipa Pato and William Wouters brought with them, along with their own wines (which are great), four bottles of old Colares, from the 1968, 1955, 1952 and 1934 vintages. This was really kind of them: we got to taste a bit of Portuguese wine history. The wines were just fabulous. My write up, with a bit of background on Colares is here.



At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Pedro Guimaraes said...

Hi Jamie,

I´m also a big fan of the Colares wines. When in good shape they can be remarkable.

I hope the wine region doesn´t disappear under the concrete. In the meanwhile i´m saving my remaining bottles in case concrete wins...which i think it will!!!


Pedro Guimaraes

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Isabelle Clark said...

Hi Jamie

Good to see you at our tasting yesterday. We were pretty impressed that you had posted on the Colares before we even got to bed last night! We're waiting for Filipa to confirm exactly what will be available, but we think we'll be able to ship a bit of the 68 and 55.

At 6:44 PM, Anonymous James Davis said...

I remember visiting Paulo some years ago. I must have arrived at the wrong moment as his assistant had to drag him out of the nearest restaurant in Azenhas do Mar. Trying to get by with fractured Portuguese and limited wine knowledge was relatively amusing. I have some '95 vintage left (I think) some where so good to know that it's safe for a few decades longer. The whole of this area on the Lisbon coast has a wonderful charm about it

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Grapejuices said...

intresting post and what wonderful experience to try these old rare wines.

A note on the diminishing Colares area. Some years ago "Fundacao Oriente" bought up some of the last areas in Colares for protection of the rare Ramisco. However, i am not sure the wines rated as high as other (of the remaining) producers. But perhaps they will develop this!

Finally, I think it would be very interesting to read a post on the selling Colares wines presently?

At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Pedro Guimaraes said...

The Viuva Gomes da Silva produced a red colares in 2000 Vintage. It comes in 50cl bottles and it´s simply a wonderful wine. They also put out a white version (2006 i reckon) which is also really nice.

A bit more fruity(just a bit) than the usual Colares but full of intriguing complexities and, i believe, ageing potential.

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Francisco Figueiredo said...

Hello all,

Just to say that I work in the Adega Regional de Colares cellar (cooperative), and came across this post. I would like to inform that despite the big loss of vineyards during the sixties and seventies we are still doing Colares wine. The production has been quite stable in the past ten years. The region has now 4 brands on the market (Adega Regional- Arenae, Viuva Gomes, Paulo da Silva-Chitas and Fundação Oriente).
Eforts are being made to plant new vineyards and we can probably present some good news in the coming years. The production will remain low compared with other regions but the news of the Colares death have probably been a bit exaggerated...and besides that: I would be very pleased if I could keep my job!!

Best regards,

Francisco Figueiredo

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Francisco - thanks for your comment - I'd love to come and have a look at what you are up to next time I'm in Portugal

At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Francisco Figueiredo said...

With pleasure.

Please email me in advance.


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