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Niepoort, Coche Branco, Douro, 2021

Niepoort, Coche Branco, Douro, 2021

Niepoort | Douro, Portugal | 75cl
  • White Still
  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Arinto, Códega, Rabigato
Regular price £265.00
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The Rothschilds in Bordeaux, Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy in Burgundy, Madame Barbe-Nicole Clicquot in Champagne, Angelo Gaja in Piedmont, Serge Hochar in Lebanon, Edouardo Chadwick in Chile... towering figures whose impact and importance to their respective wine regions ensures their names are the very first mentioned in association. To these and others we must surely add Portugal’s Dirk Niepoort, one of the most visionary and pioneering winemakers working today, honoured as such as the 2023 recipient of Decanter’s vaunted “Hall of Fame” Award.

Having just increased his reviewing brief to include the wines of Portugal, in his very first article, The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez focuses heavily on Dirk Niepoort, whom he describes as "the most influential person in Portuguese wine—a pioneer, visionary, leader and ambassador. A person I deeply admire." In charting Portugal’s fine wine evolution (revolution?), he declares “to me, the engine of Portuguese wine is Niepoort” adding “the table wines, a game to which they are very new (1990), compared with the Port business, are better than ever.” He backs this up with exceptional scores: Of the 255 wines reviewed for the piece, the top 10 (96+ to 100 points) are all Niepoort.

The Charme and the Coche are Dirk’s two tributes to his love of Burgundy (he is also the agent for DRC in Portugal). Gutiérrez states the Coche “has to be one of the finest white wines from Portugal that I've tasted”.

What the critics say:

98/100Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate

"The 2021 Coche has to be one of the finest white wines from Portugal that I've tasted. It was produced with grapes grown at 600 meters in altitude, from very old vineyards with the right field blend with a majority of Rabigato but also other local varieties. It has a fine and elegant reductive character with flinty notes, hints of smoke and dry herbs. This is sharp and super tasty, with an almost salty twist in the finish. It fermented and matured in French oak barrels (mostly 228-liter ones) for one year. It's serious, nuanced, a little austere and vertical, with a dry finish, a chalky sensation and very good persistence. It has 11.8% alcohol, a pH of 3.26 and 5.8 grams of acidity. I've drunk all the vintages of Coche since the first year (2010), and this is the finest to date. Bravo. 9,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2023."

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The Niepoort Family, emigres from the Netherlands, starting shipping Ports in 1842 and third generation Edouard Niepoort was considered a pioneer (or iconoclast) for introducing the Garrafeira concept for maturing their finest Ports, ageing vintage statement tawny ports in old apothecary glass demijohns.

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