The wine is named after a courtesan who received the quinta in Estremoz from King João V. But it is anything but flighty. The blend, which includes Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, gives hugely dense fruit, with pleasurable freshness over the black jam and herbal flavors. The balance is there in the fresh, refreshing aftertaste.
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.