TN: Prats & Symington Chryseia Douro 2015

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TN: Prats & Symington Chryseia Douro 2015

#1 Post by Mike R » April 21st, 2020, 7:32 pm

Opened a bottle tonight, to pair with some grilled ribeye and asparagus. This is my first Douro red, and may have been my first Portuguese non-Port all together. This wine is rated 96 by WE, 94 by WA, and 93 by WS, so came in with very high expectations.

Unfortunately, it did not meet expectations. The wine is a deep dark purple. On the nose, there is wonderful dark fruit, cherries, oak, and leather. After a good sniff, I was really excited to take a sip as the wine smelled like it was going to be stellar. Sadly, the taste was extremely flat as none of the dark fruit I smelled made it through to the palate. The wine has high acidity, and delightful tannins, but no other flavor at all. I'm sure others will appreciate the balance and elegance of this offering, but I prefer more fruit in my wines. I have another bottle, that I will let sit for a few years, to see if some of the acidity smooths out over time revealing a bit more of the other flavors I prefer.
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#2 Post by Tomás Costa » April 22nd, 2020, 2:23 pm

Chryseia has a reputation for being the most Bordeaux-ish of the Douro reds - whatever that means (Bruno Prats worked at a place called Château Cos d'Estournel). It's definitely a more elegant, mineral red than is typical of the Douros. I would advise you to get some Quinta do Vale Meão, Quinta do Crasto Maria Teresa or, for an alternative take on the 'elegant Douro', Niepoort's Sublime or Quinta Nova's Mirabilis (the 2015 white is even more fabulous).

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Re: TN: Prats & Symington Chryseia Douro 2015

#3 Post by Eric Ifune » April 22nd, 2020, 3:54 pm

Not a fan of Chryseia. Not a lot of typicity for the Douro.

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#4 Post by Mike R » April 22nd, 2020, 5:45 pm

Night two, and the wine is definitely better this time around. Not sure where all the dark fruit taste people talk about in tasting notes I see online is hiding; its still pretty flat.
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#5 Post by Tomás Costa » April 22nd, 2020, 5:53 pm

My 2015 1.5L Chryseia is in the cellar. You're not the first person to express this kind of opinion... now I'm even more sure I'll be waiting a few more years to see how it turns out. It's probably still somewhat closed.

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