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New Douro 2004 tasting
The wines
of Chryseia  

Prats & Symington, Travessa Barão de Forrester, Apartado 26, 4431-702 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal  
Website: www.chryseia.com  
UK agent: www.fells.co.uk  

In 1998 the Symingtons finally succumbed and decided to make table wine. But this was no ordinary wine: it was in partnership with Bruno Prats, former owner of Cos d’Estournel. The result was surprisingly new-world like. ‘The best vineyards for Port are the best for table wine’, says Prats. ‘The grapes for Chryseia are from blocks that make vintage Port’. Perhaps this is why this wine has been so intense, sweet and rich. ‘I wasn’t expecting to make good wines so fast’, Prats explained. The 1999 was experimental and the first vintage to the market was in 2000. ‘The risk in the Douro is to make wines that are too harsh.’ I like Chryseia without being completely convinced by it. It is highly polished, but made in a very rich, ripe style.

Chryseia 2004
Sweet, dark, very rich and spicy with a sweet, tarry, black fruits character. The palate is concentrated and dense, with a nice tight, focused core to the dark fruitsand a spicy, chocolatey finish. Modern and structured in a rich style. Very good/excellent 92/100

Post Scriptum 2004
Sweet, ripe, dark fruits nose is quite lush. The palate is clean and forward with smooth fruit. Ambitious tasting with nice tannins on the finish. Very good+ 89/100

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