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Luis Pato Maria Gomes Metodo Antigo NV

The Experience

Drink When...
Pondering methods
Listen To...
Country House by Blur
Think About...
The 'Rural Method'
Drink With...
Suckling pig

The Oddbins Take

This sparkler is a curious and wonderful thing. It is made using an ancient ‘Rural’ Method in which, unusually, the wine only undergoes fermentation once, using only naturally occurring sugars. If you are slightly bored and confused by this and care not for the methods used, let us tell you that it is made by Luis Pato, the Baron of the Bairrada and one of the most renowned producers in Portugal, who calls it his 'take on Prosecco'. If you’re now muttering ‘meh’ at your screen because you don’t give a monkeys about famous producers, let us simply say that it is an elegant and focused wine with generous mousse and aromas of white flowers and citrus. Does that do it?

The Vital Statistics

Country
Portugal
Region
Bairrada
Classification
DOC Bairrada
Vintage
Non Vintage
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
5 g/l
12.0%
Alcohol Units
9

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The Style

Grape
Maria Gomes (100%)
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

Notable Features

  • Suitable For Vegetarians

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Peter Ranscombe in The Scottish Field, 28/5/14: "You should always put your star strikers up front and the Luis Pato Maria Gomes Sparkling 2013 from Portugal was a real surprise for me. It has an exciting nose, bursting with green apples and ripe pears. It’s lively and fresh on palate, with the apples and pears joined by notes of lemons. Nicely rounded with a creamy mousse and an unexpected star for me."

For over 30 years, Luís Pato has been at the forefront of the finest winemakers in Portugal's historic Bairrad region. He took over from his father a little over 30 years ago, and now has 60 ha of indigenous varieties, in the historic wine region of Bairrada, which lies close to the Atlantic coast south of Porto. Bairrada makes more of Portugal’s sparkling wines than anywhere else and their wine is often drunk locally with suckling pig, for which the region is also renowned.

Luís works to combine the best of local grape varieties with the region's best vineyard sites. He trained as a chemical engineer, which has given him a great knowledge of molecular structure in grapes, and subsequently wines. After taking over the reins at his father's winery, he experimented with everything from the use of stems to the use of different woods for ageing, at a time when the region was very set in its ways.

 

Luís works to combine the best of local grape varieties with the region's best vineyard sites. He trained as a chemical engineer, which has given him a great knowledge of molecular structure in grapes, and subsequently wines. After taking over the reins at his father's winery, he experimented with everything from the use of stems to the use of different woods for ageing, at a time when the region was very set in its ways.

 

"Metodo Antigo is the method of making sparkling wine with a single fermentation. The oldest process in making the sparkling wine was not, contrary to popular opinion, the ‘Classic’ Champenoise Method, but the ‘Rural Method’ or the Old Method (in direct translation from the French). The reason it was popular is related to the existence of a stopper - the cork stopper - which is produced from the cork tree that exists only in the Mediterranean climate. The Old Method uses only one fermentation and not two, as in the Classic one. The grapes for its preparation must have sugar content as a white wine and not as a sparkling, because it has NO sugar added later. All the sugar used in the process is therefore natural, being a product of the grapes themselves. Initially, the must is fermented in stainless steel vats. Fermentation continues in the bottle, in order to create gas with a pressure equivalent to that of the Classic Method. The final wine displays the fermentation flavours."

 

Made with 100% Maria Gomes grapes, this is an elegant and focused wine with generous mousse and aromas of white flowers and citrus.

 


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