Chardonnay has always been an important element in this wine, named for Catherine of Bragança, a Portuguese princess and English queen. The grape offers a smooth surface to the more aromatic Portuguese varieties that are ripe and rich with pear and peach flavors and just a touch of spice from the wood.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.