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2014 QUINTA DO VALE MEÃO Douro

QUINTA DO VALE MEÃO Douro 2014

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  • Portfolio
  • Portfolio
  • Réserve & sélection
  • Product code
  • Product code
  • 13171749
  • Format
  • Format
  • 6x750ml
  • Listing type
  • Listing type
  • SAQ Specialty by lot
  • Status
  • Status
  • Unavailable
  • Country
  • Country
  • Portugal
  • Regulated designation
  • Regulated designation
  • Denominação de origem controlada (DOC)
  • Region
  • Region
  • Douro
  • Appellation
  • Appellation
  • Douro
  • Varietal(s)
  • Varietal(s)
  • Touriga Nacional
    Touriga Franca
    Tinta Cão
  • Color
  • Color
  • Red
  • Sugar
  • Sugar
  • Dry
  • About this winery

    While Quinta do Vale Meão only began bottling under its own label in 1999, the estate has an incredible history. Vale Meão was one of the shrewd acquisitions of the celebrated Douro landowner Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira. In 1877 she purchased 270 hectares of land near Vila Nova de Foz Côa in the Upper Douro, and over the course of the next decade established a model winery, planting all the vineyards from scratch. The Quinta remained in the family and is owned today by Francisco Javier...

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Press reviews

  • - 96 Points -

    January 2017

    This wine was picked a bit earlier than normal, and some stems were used in the Touriga portion. And there was a bit less new oak. The results are great. Nice depth with sweetly concentrated blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, as well as some black cherry. Ripe with nice structure and some seductive richness, but also freshness and purity. Good structure with fine tannins. This will be sensational in 15 years’ time. 

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  • - 95 Points -

    - Cellar Selection -

    January 2017

    The estate is owned by the Olazabal family, descendants of Antonia Ferreira who created this and many other estates in the 19th century. This is a major wine, ripe and full of rich tannins and concentrated fruit. It is always one of the longest-lived wines from the Douro and this vintage has the structure and the fruit weight to develop well. An attractive spicy, smoky character adds extra interest. 

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  • - 94 Points -

    Mark Squires, December 2016

    The 2014 Tinto, the Estate flagship red, is a blend of 55% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, and 5% each of Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca, aged for 16 months in French barriques. It comes in at 14.7% alcohol. Winemaker Xito Olazabal said: "We are reducing the quantity of the wine aging in new oak. Some of the first editions of Vale Meão had almost 100% new oak, but I found it was too much, so in the last two vintages (2013 and 2014) the wines aged 65% in new barriques, 35% second year..." Bottled a month or so later than normal (because they were awaiting a new Amorim cork guaranteed to be TCA-free), this is rather gorgeous. In many ways, it seems rounder and softer than the Meandro, its second label sibling this issue, but the finish is longer, the flavors are more lifted and it has that old-school mid-palate finesse. It adds caressing texture, too, and then tightens a bit on the finish. The price of this iconic wine has spiked--now five times the price of the second label (Meandro), which is quite a spread. That said, this is fabled terroir and certainly one of the better 2014s. If this develops well, it may be entitled to an uptick.

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  • - 93 Points -

    GS, April 2017

    A supple and suave red, displaying a concentrated profile of tangy raspberry, cherry and red currant fruit, backed by a firm, integrated acidity. White pepper, leafy and spice details linger into the finish, structured by muscular but refined tannins. Drink now through 2020. 

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