Casa de Paços Loureiro Reserva 2020

10,50 €

Clear, light citrus yellow colour. Fruity aromas of lemon, pineapple and white peach; subtle and elegant aromas of white tree flowers. Complex and harmonious mouth, elegant with much unctuosity. Good persistence.

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Producer Producer: Quinta de Paços
Oenology: Rui Cunha and Gabriela Albuquerque
Region Vinho Verde DOC
Grapes Loureiro (100%)
Soil Older parcel of Loureiro in the vineyards of Cotovia, parish of Silva in Barcelos, with about 1 hectare.
Soil and exposure: The soil is granitic, medium-grained, on terraces facing southeast.
The grape production adopts the EU environmental sustainability practices of "Integrated Production".
Winemaking Fermentation and partial maturation in barrel (20%) of the previous year's harvest, part of a tanning lot, and a long period of 9 months on fine lees.
Aging 9 months in French oak barrels (20% of the wine).
Capacity 750 ml
Volume Alcohol by Volume: 12,5%
Temperature 10ºC - 12ºC
Harmonizations Shrimp açorda, monkfish rice and codfish with cornbread.
Wine's Awards 16,5 Points - Jancis Robison
17 Points - Vinho Grandes Escolhas (Wine Magazine)
The History
Casa de Paços probably owes its name to an ancient paço(*) from the days in which St. Eulália de Rio Côvo might have been a Roman thermal resort. Part of what the estate is today once belonged to the Commendam of Chavão of the Order of Malta, but, for more than 400 years (since the XVI century) and 15 generations it has remained a property of the same family, the Silvas of Rio Côvo, thus named by genealogist Felgueiras Gayo, a descendant himself of this family. 

This family later united with the Fonseca family of Amins by matrimony, giving birth to the Silva Fonseca family, who in turn would also unite matrimonially with the Teixeira de Barros family (Majorat of Perdigão), as well as with their relatives Pereira da Fonseca Vilas-Boas (Majorat of Real), the Viscounts of Barrosa and the Mattos Graça family (owners of Casa do Bemfeito and, they too, descendants from the Casa de Paços).

In this house were born and undertook important building works Dr. D. Frei João Baptista da Sylva (1679-1765), Benedictine monk and once General of the Order and, on two different times, General Abbott of Tibães, as well as Dr. Teotónio José da Fonseca (1875-1937), author of Barcelos Aquém e Além-Cávado and of several other monographs and genealogy books, and a member of the Portuguese Archaeologists Association.

(NT: lat. palatiu, hence Engl. palace; also called lat. villa: "a large ancient Roman country house with the buildings and farmland belonging to it" [in the Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture; Longman: Harlow, 1998])

They are proud of the tradition of more than four centuries in the production of wine in the Minho region but also of being pioneers in practices that were not common at the time in the Vinho Verde region. They were the first producer to make a blend of the Arinto and Loureiro grape varieties. They were also the first to produce an Arinto Reserva, fermented and aged in barrels using batonnage.


Dry Sweet
Un-oaked Oak aged
Light Full-bodied
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