Although there is some Trincadeira in the blend, this legendary wine is really a paean to Alicante Bouschet. Produced in traditional open stone fermenters, it exudes power and density. Black plum and berry fruit contends with concentrated tannins that are still very much in evidence. Determinedly old style in approach, it will age for many years. Drink from 2021.
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.