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  • Bussaco Palace Hotel Bairrada Branco 2021

    £52.95

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  • Bussaco Palace Hotel Bairrada Rosado 2021

    £52.95

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  • Bussaco Palace Hotel Bairrada Tinto 2021

    £52.95

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  • Quinta de Baixo Goncalves Faria Bairrada 2015

    £44.95

    “The 2015 Tinto Gonçalves Faria is a Baga sourced from 70-year-old vines and aged for 20 months in old 2,500-liter fuders. It comes in at 11.5% alcohol. This is simply gorgeous. It is elegant, with fine mid-palate finesse, vivid flavors and a bright, crisp feel typical of Baga. There is nothing jammy here, just precision, finesse and focus. When I first saw this, I was told the SRP was only $35 (implying that it might be available on the street for even less), at which point I was getting seriously excited, given its quality/price ratio, small production level and the potential for further improvement in the cellar. Even now, it’s still worth a fair bit of excitement just for the quality—if you like elegance and acidity, of course. The ripe tannins make this very approachable now, but it should age beautifully. The way this comes together makes it seem very Burgundian, even a bit Pinot Noir-ish in a cool climate way. Its texture is pure velvet and it finishes filled with unusual flavor for Baga. This is a classic 2015. You can probably dive in fairly young—unlike some of the powerhouses here—but it will age very well, too. There were just 3,365 bottles produced. Drink: 2019-2045. 95 points

    This is Dirk Niepoort’s Bairrada property, and these wines may well be my favorites of all of his table wines these days. Check out the scores. I have waffled a bit, admittedly, with the use of some “+” signs because young, powerful Baga is often hard to read when very young and at a very early stage. The power and acidity always suggests a long life ahead and the potential for improvement. It is fair to say that they pretty much were all brilliant, with significant potential for improvement in the cellar. They will grow old with you, including the whites.

    Speaking of aging, I have indicated on some notes a couple that are accessible fairly young, like the Lagar. When you get to the powerhouses, though, even if I suggest you MIGHT be able to dive in around 2022, you should know that big Bagas (like the Alagoa and Poeirinho) really require cellar time. For many such wines—we’ll see where we are—they will likely show better around ten years from vintage date. Then, check in again. I’ve come across some 2001s of late that were just right around age 15. So, those are wines for people with cellars. It is also fair to say that 2015 is a very fine vintage for them—and for Niepoort in general. Over the next couple of decades or more, they will be firing on all burners.

    Finally, have your expectations in order. These are not big, fleshy wines with lots of sweetness and sex appeal. They are crisp and elegant, with a cool-climate demeanor. Don’t drink them too warm.”

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (232)

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  • Quinta de Baixo Poeirinho 2015

    £44.95

    “The 2015 Poeirinho is another terrific Baga from Niepoort this issue. His Baga wines have become my favorites in his red lineup across many regions. It was aged for 20 months in used 2,000-liter fuders and comes in at just 11.4% alcohol. This (well, with the Alagoa, although that at least seemed more open when first poured, before it shut down) is the most backward of the red Bairrada group, rather tight, a bit rustic and a little mute, needing some time to open up. That said, the fruit flavor is there in the background and it has the precision and focus of the others, with a serious backbone. This requires some patience—five years might not be nearly enough; ten would be better—and it should age exceptionally well, if well stored and sourced, of course. Eventually, this might be the best of the Niepoort reds this issue, although the Vinha da Alagoa will have some say there, but it doesn’t show that way now. It still looks like a big star. 10,000 bottles produced. Drink: 2022-2050. 95 points

    This is Dirk Niepoort’s Bairrada property, and these wines may well be my favorites of all of his table wines these days. Check out the scores. I have waffled a bit, admittedly, with the use of some “+” signs because young, powerful Baga is often hard to read when very young and at a very early stage. The power and acidity always suggests a long life ahead and the potential for improvement. It is fair to say that they pretty much were all brilliant, with significant potential for improvement in the cellar. They will grow old with you, including the whites. Speaking of aging, I have indicated on some notes a couple that are accessible fairly young, like the Lagar. When you get to the powerhouses, though, even if I suggest you MIGHT be able to dive in around 2022, you should know that big Bagas (like the Alagoa and Poeirinho) really require cellar time. For many such wines—we’ll see where we are—they will likely show better around ten years from vintage date. Then, check in again. I’ve come across some 2001s of late that were just right around age 15. So, those are wines for people with cellars. It is also fair to say that 2015 is a very fine vintage for them—and for Niepoort in general. Over the next couple of decades or more, they will be firing on all burners. Finally, have your expectations in order. These are not big, fleshy wines with lots of sweetness and sex appeal. They are crisp and elegant, with a cool-climate demeanor. Don’t drink them too warm.

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (220)

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  • Quinta de Baixo Vinhas Velhas Branco 2016

    £36.95

    “The 2016 Branco Vinhas Velhas is a 60/40 blend of Bical and Maria Gomes, aged for 20 months in old 1,000-liter fuders. It comes in very dry and at 12% alcohol. This takes the Faria Branco and adds more concentration and focus. The style is roughly the same, though—neither is exactly a fat and fruity white. For all of its grace and precision, though, this has tension on the finish and the ability to linger. It should age very well, something I expect from top Bairrada whites all the time. Niepoort said that the 2015s “were more beautiful, but the 2016s have more tension.” They were both beautifully balanced to me, and I’m not sure which I’d pick just now. It is worth noting that this was only in bottle about two weeks when seen. It has some room to grow, so we’ll see how it goes as these both age. It is set for release in September. Drink: 2018-2034. 94 points

    This is, of course, now a Niepoort property. Dirk Niepoort bought this property in 2012, starting afresh with no inventory and his own ideas. He was hardly a neophyte in Baga and Bairrada, of course, having made wine in the region in the 1990s and later consulting as well.

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (08/18)

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