It was a pleasure to taste Muscadet with Marc Olivier on a warm evening last Friday beside the Tagus. Although the straight domaine 2014 was attractive, the Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briards was a real step up – concentration, balance and finesse. At 9€ a bottle this is amazingly reasonably price for a wine that will give pleasure now but will last and evolve for many years.
I tasted some really interesting whites from Caves S.João based in Barrirada but which included a fascinating and richly textured Dão 1985 Porta dos Cavaleiros – another demonstration of how well Portuguese whites age. This is contrary to what many Portuguese wine drinkers believe preferring very young whites and dismiss any that a year or two of age.