Pinteivera, Douro Valley, M Chapoutier, Portugal
Michel Chpaoutier is a genius winemaker with the ego and intelligence to go with it. He loves wine and the land from which it is produced and this fascination has led him to look at various other regions in the world away from his homeland of the Rhone Valley where he produces some of the worlds greatest wines.
Hence we have a Chapoutier wine from the Douro Valley a region best known for Port but with an increasing reputation for table wines. Here as is often his wont in the Rhone he produces a single varietal wine made purely from the beautifuly scented deep coloured Touriga Nacional. Like many wines from this area it has notable tanin structure which is just starting to ease now but Michel once told me one of his winemaking secrets, that a wine with no fruit and too much tannin will never come round, so you can be sure that this will.
Portugal is undergoing a renaissance of table wine making and if one of the worlds best wine makers has spotted this then surely this is a bottle worth trying to see what it is he knows.