Quinta das Bageiras

Luis Pato has put this region on the map for many wine drinkers, although he has recently hitched his star to the larger region of Beiras, which gives him more flexibility in the use of grape varieties. Baga is the region’s claim to fame – a tannic, acidic and just plain old-fashioned grape which needs coaxing to express its charms. Our man Mario Sergio makes Baga the traditional way, fermented in concrete lagares and aged in large, old oak ovals. With some age, it develops a stunningly expressive nose and is a powerfully structured wine perfect with the local specialty, roast suckling pig. We liked his sparkling wines as well, which represent 60% of his production, but they are Brut Nature and demand more accompanying fat than we think is good for you, our esteemed clientele.

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Available Wines

Quinta das Bageiras 2004 Espumante Gran Reserva [6/750]

Not everyone will appreciate the markedly antique quality of this wine, which was disgorged in 2012. But if you accept its positive yellow colour and its unmistakable evolution, you may be seduced by the wine’s sheer vinosity and intensity. Its autolytic flavours feint towards Champagne but in the end it remains resolutely true to Bairrada and to its visionary maker.

Quinta das Bageiras 2008 Reserva Red (Bairrada)

Part of Mário Sérgio’s genius is to find the inner sweetheart in the brooding Baga – or maybe it just needs the right partner in Touriga Nacional to bring out its kinder, gentler side. This is a spicy, open, incense-like wine with a strong brambly undertow. It should age very nicely.

Quinta das Bageiras 2010 Garrafeira Red (Bairrada) [6/750]

This is world-class wine made from a parcel of vines over 75 year old. Old-style Nebbiolo is perhaps the best cognate, but married with some Roussillon (think Gauby) opulence, with toasted walnut and coffee notes in the bouquet and powerful structure. Not cheap, but well worth the price for a flavor from the past that could improve for 30 or 40 years. The 2011 garnered some extravagant ratings from the press.

Quinta das Bageiras 2011 Garrafeira Red (Bairrada) [6/750]

This is world-class wine made from a parcel of vines over 75 year old. Old-style Nebbiolo is perhaps the best cognate, but married with some Roussillon (think Gauby) opulence, with toasted walnut and coffee notes in the bouquet and powerful structure. Not cheap, but well worth the price for a flavor from the past that could improve for 30 or 40 years.  ~WineWise

Quinta das Bageiras 2011 Reserva Tinto (Bairrada)

(60% Baga, 40% Touriga Nacional)  Part of Mário Sérgio’s genius is to find the inner sweetheart in the brooding Baga – or maybe it just needs the right partner in Touriga Nacional to bring out its kinder, gentler side. This is a spicy, open, incense-like wine with a strong brambly undertow. It should age very nicely.

Quinta das Bageiras 2011 Tinto Colheita

(85% Baga, 15% Touriga Nacional)  Actually, the red counterpart to the Colheita Blanca is every bit as much a character – and a bargain. A naturally liquorous wine that provides a svelte and ripe introduction to the singular joys of the great Baga variety.

Quinta das Bageiras 2013 Garrafeira White (Bairrada) [6/750]

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Quinta das Bageiras 2014 Vinho Branco Colheita (Bairrada)

Anyone who had the pleasure of tasting the 1994 vintage of this wine at the Top 100 tasting in 2011 will remember how improbably fresh and refined it was. One does not normally expect a sprightly, Muscat-scented light white like this to age and develop. Well, think again. Drink it or age it, there is no better value in our portfolio. ~WineWise

Quinta das Bageiras 2014 Espumante Colheita (Bairrada)

Mário Sérgio makes his bubblies in an absolutely uncompromisingly dry style that shines a spotlight on the powerful earthiness of Bairrada. Bracing, pure and appley, this demands food and offers exceptional value for such character.

Quinta das Bageiras 2015 Espumante Colheita (Bairrada)

Mário Sérgio makes his bubblies in an absolutely uncompromisingly dry style that shines a spotlight on the powerful earthiness of Bairrada. Bracing, pure and appley, this demands food and offers exceptional value for such character.

Quinta das Bageiras 2015 Vinho Branco Colheita (Bairrada)

Anyone who had the pleasure of tasting the 1994 vintage of this wine at the Top 100 tasting in 2011 will remember how improbably fresh and refined it was. One does not normally expect a sprightly, Muscat-scented light white like this to age and develop. Well, think again. Drink it or age it, there is no better value in our portfolio.  ~WineWise