A tale of two vineyards
“An exceptional wine that I am proud to produce…which combines the vinification ancestral expertise of the Cazes family and our knowledge of this land. The result is unique.” - Jorge Roquette
Bordeaux meets Douro
First and foremost, Roquette & Cazes wanted to ensure that their wines were truly representative of the Douro. This was no easy feat with two different winemaking teams living 1000km apart and speaking two different languages! Despite these challenges, winemakers, Manuel Lobo of Quinta do Crasto, and Daniel Llose of Lynch-Bages, have found their equilibrium, meeting regularly in the vineyards from véraison to harvest to control grape quality.
The Best of Traditional and Modern Viticulture
The Douro Valley is unique. The vineyards are planted on terraces carved out of vertiginous slopes. The rugged terrain makes hand harvesting necessary, which means the oldest plots are treated with great care. A drip irrigation system and a private weather station were installed to allow for precise control of vine health and maturation in this hot, arid vineyard.
Unique Winemaking Practices
In order to conserve, yet seamlessly integrate the Douro characteristics, a customized winemaking system was put in place. It includes a gentle pumping over process and long maceration period which results in intense and elegant wines, with fine structure and personality, deeply marked by the “terroir”. Wine maturation matches that of fine Bordeaux, with extended ageing in a high percentage of new French oak barrels.