Bordeaux vintner leaves for Portugal

  • Thursday 12 April 2001

Bruno Prats, the former owner of second-growth Château Cos-d'Estournel, has teamed up with Port producer Rupert Symington to make a Portuguese table wine.

The release of the as-yet-unamed wine should be next year (2001), each bottle to be sold for around $30-$35 (US). The blend is mostly Touriga Nacional and Tinta Francisca, grape varieties indigenous to the Douro area.

Around 2000 cases of a 1999 red were produced mostly from old vines under the supervision of Symingtons. The young red is now maturing in 400-litre oak barrels, based in Symington family cellars in the town of Regua, on the Douro River.

The joint venture was decided upon when the wine, only meant as an experiment, was tasted from a barrel sample and immediately given the thumbs up by both winemakers.

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