In 2021, the Sogevinus group declares the launch of two Single Quinta Vintages – Kopke Quinta de São Luiz and Burmester Quinta do Arnozelo 2019 – and two Classic Vintages under the seal of Casas Cálem and Barros. These are four historic Houses, four Vintages of exceptional quality that will reach the consumer in the second half of this year.
In 2019, “the diversity of soils, grape varieties, exposures and altitudes allowed phased maturation, essential for obtaining high quality grapes”, says Márcio Nóbrega, responsible for viticulture at Sogevinus Fine Wines.
Kopke, Quinta de S. Luiz Vintage 2019
At Quinta de S. Luiz, located on the left bank of the Douro River in the Cima Corgo sub-region, the harvest of grapes for Port Wine began on September 9 with dry weather and moderate temperatures that provided gradual maturation. The temperature ranges registered in August and September were very favorable to the maturation of the grapes. The absence of rain accompanied by high temperatures, normal in the Douro region, along with cool nights contrasted with the excesses seen in the summers of recent years.
It was in this context that grapes of medium and low levels, with a north / northwest exposure, were selected exclusively from the plots planted between 110 and 135 meters of altitude in order to produce this Quinta de São Luiz Vintage. The blend includes Touriga Nacional – which gives it freshness and fruit notes – and grapes from Old Vines, over 80 years old, which give it assertiveness and concentration.
With a dark black hue with violet hints, this Vintage seduces immediately by its aromatic richness where floral aromas stand out, some mentholated, notes of black fruit such as blueberry berries and hints of smoked notes. On the palate it reveals an assertive acidity combined with intense tannins, marking the style of the Quinta da Casa Kopke Single Vintages. The fresh fruit is delicate and the finish is long and sweeping, anticipating the magnificent potential for aging.
“A firm, fresh and intense Vintage that has in its amplitude a great balance”, says Carlos Alves.
Only 4,153 750ml bottles and 231 Magnum bottles of this Vintage were produced in order to give continuity to the legacy of the oldest Port Wine House, whose birthplace is the historic Quinta de São Luiz.
Burmester, Quinta do Arnozelo Vintage 2019
In Quinta do Arnozelo, located in the sub-region of the Upper Douro, the harvest of grapes for port wine started on September 16 with the cutting of Touriga Nacional exposed to the northeast at an altitude of 280m, advancing to Touriga Franca, from parcels at an altitude of 200m and facing east, and Tinta Roriz facing northwest at an altitude of about 250m.
The elegance and aromatic richness of Touriga Nacional is combined with the concentration and structure of Touriga Franca and the more tense tannin of Tinta Roriz, three varieties that together make up the blend of this fascinating Vintage from Quinta do Arnozelo. “It is a very elegant, floral and fresh wine”, a quality that Carlos Alves highlights in relation to the region of origin.
Intense red in hue with hints of violet, this wine takes on the Burmester profile in a more elegant and perfumed register where, in addition to tropical fruit notes, floral notes, nuances of orange blossom, cassis, rosemary, berries and plums stand out. A wine of great finesse, with a very present tannin, tense and muscular involved in notes of licorice and fresh fruit. With a long but elegant finish, in true Casa Burmester style, this wine is the purest expression of the excellence of Quinta do Arnozelo’s terroir.
Only 6,591 750ml bottles and 91 Magnum bottles of the Quinta do Arnozelo Vintage 2019 were produced. A limited edition of a Single Quinta Vintage with the distinctive character of Casa Burmester.
Cálem Vintage Port 2019
Cálem’s Classic Vintages are born in the Upper Douro, an expression of a mosaic of terroirs that outline the brand’s classic profile. They are the result of a blend of grapes from different plots of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Sousão that, in different percentages, make up the blend of a Vintage and that, over the years, maintain the consistency of the House’s identity: wines with a more robust profile marked by structure and ripe fruit.
Concentrated, this Vintage presents an intense purple color, the antechamber of a nose marked by black berries that are complemented by notes of woods, dark chocolate, pepper and slight resinous notes. Intense, this is an irreverent and voluminous wine, with a very firm tannin that anticipates a great aging potential. A “robust, full-bodied and vibrant” Vintage, underlines Carlos Alves.
Only 3,992 750ml bottles and 24 Magnum bottles of the Cálem Vintage were produced 2018, in this category that has been a classic of this House.
Barros Vintage Port 2019
The heart of the Douro, between the Baixo and Cima Corgo regions, is the birthplace of Barros’ Classic Vintage, “a wine with a balsamic, floral and balanced profile”, Carlos Alves points out.
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz are the three base grape varieties for this Vintage blend which also includes a small percentage of Sousão.
Dark red in color, this Vintage presents a clean and perfumed nose where floral aromas combine with citrus notes, hints of black fruit, chocolate and some spice. In the mouth it is young and fresh, with the fruit highlighting the excellent balance between tannin and acidity. It is an assertive Vintage with a long, intense and appetizing aftertaste.
A Vintage with an attractive profile that allows it to be enjoyed while still young, ideal for those who are beginning in the category, despite its potential for aging.
Only 4,112 750ml bottles and 54 Magnum bottles were produced of this Classic Vintage from Barros, a leading House in the history of Port written in Portuguese.
With a portfolio that brings together an exclusive and distinctive family of centennial houses such as Kopke, Burmester, Cálem, Barros and, more recently, Quinta da Boavista, Sogevinus is an independent producer in the Douro Demarcated Region. With 250ha of vineyards spread over four Quintas – Quinta do Bairro in Baixo Corgo, Quinta de São Luiz and Quinta da Boavista in Cima Corgo, and Quinta do Arnozelo in Douro Superior – Sogevinus is committed to sustainable practices that seek to preserve a unique terroir in the world, the cradle of our wines – the Douro.