Marks and reviews
All the freshness and complexity within a great Douro wine with a subtle Bordeaux style
Roquette & Cazes is the product of a meeting between two friends and the know-how of each combining to achieve a shared dream. Jorge Roquette, from Quinta do Crasto in Portugal, and Jean-Michel Cazes, from Château Lynch-Bages, combined their talents to produce very fine wines. This union gave rise to wines marked by the particular features of the Douro Valley and the typical style of Bordeaux from the Cazes family, which has been established on the Pauillac appellation for nearly a century.
The 2013 Xisto is made from very beautiful vineyards, owned by Jorge Roquette and Jean-Michel Cazes, in the sub-regions of Cima Corgo and Upper Douro. There, schist-based soils nourish 25- to 90-year-old vines.
Xisto is a wine which brings together the unique character of the Douro grape varieties with the extraordinary fineness of the Bordeaux style.
Winemaking and ageing
After the manual harvests, which were carried out very gently, the grapes were taken to the winery to begin a custom-made winemaking process. They were first carefully destemmed and gently pressed. Fermentation was carried out in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature. Offloading occurred during fermentation to maximise contact with the must. Thanks to this French technique, the wine is concentrated, complex and full of elegance. Subsequently, it was aged in oak barrels for 20 months.
Touriga nacional and touriga franca, and other local varieties from old vines.
The 2013 Xisto features an opaque colour with violet and bluish undertones.
The aromatic bouquet conveys an impressive freshness and complexity. The delicate aromas of flowers and wild berries are enhanced by a hint of spices.
The 2013 Xisto is an elegant wine with a firm structure, supported by silky tannins. The overall palate is magnified by very subtle nuances of red berries. The finish offers the most pleasant freshness, roundness and length.