Tasted by Sarah Ahmed @ Decnter(at Portugal power couple tasting, 01 Jul 2021)
Filipa Pato & William Wouters, Nossa Calcário Bical, Bairrada, Portugal, 2019
Tarragon and sorrel-edged smooth, waxy orchard fruits. Piquant, salty minerality, suggestions of oyster shell, earth and subtly smoky bonito flake nuances. Beautifully integrated acidity carries a long, composed, crystalline finish, with a gently nutty quality. Lovely purity, depth and finesse. Sourced from a single vineyard on Ois do Bairro’s chalky clay soil, and aged in French oak.
● 20/02/2020 ● Sarah Ahmed ● Decanter Magazine ● Top 20 Atlantic whites from Portugal
2018 Filipa Pato & WilliamWouters ● Nossa Calcário Bical ●
Filipa Pato, Nossa Calcário 2018 Bairrada
Bical from a single vineyard which has high limestone content and stony clay. Fermented and aged in French oak, I believe mostly 500 litres and used, though perhaps a small percentage of new.
Pale gold with light notes of spice and oatmeal/lees that indicate the oak but they don’t overwhelm the zesty, slightly smoky citrus and cedar aromas and flavours. This is really classy on the palate: purity of fruit, subtle use of oak, firm, dry yet creamy texture and excellent freshness. And on the long finish, a gentle oaky aftertaste. There’s no excess weight here but there’s intensity even without huge depth on the mid palate. Sophisticated and moreish at the same time. Clean, precise finish. (Julia Harding MW) JancisRobinson.Com