What do winegrowers do when they have an important anniversary to celebrate? That’s right! They create a totally extraordinary wine–and actually, the five Quintas – QUINTA DO VALLADO, NIEPOORT, QUINTA DO CRASTO, QUINTA VALE D. MARIA AND QUINTA DO VALE MEẤO – have just created two of them: a red wine, DOURO BOYS CUVÉE 2011, and a fortified wine, DOURO BOYS VINTAGE PORT 2011.
The DOURO BOYS CUVÉE 2011 is the celebratory wine dedicated to the tenth birthday of the grower’s group. From each of the quintas, a particularly expressive cask was chosen; then, with great intuition these five characters were married into one wine, a wine showing great depth and concentration, vitality and powerful tannic structure, imbued with spirit and significant potential. The Douro Boys Cuvée unites all the separate virtues of the five quintas: THE STRUCTURED ELEGANCE OF VALLADO, THE UNCOMPROMISING FRESHNESS OF NIEPOORT, THE CHARMING FRUIT-DRIVEN CHARACTER OF CRASTO, THE ARISTOCRATIC MINERALITY OF VALE DONA MARIA, AND THE ENCHANTING BODY OF MEẤO. A wine that could quite possibly write history, in that it unites a limitless potential with unmistakable Douro-character.
The Douro Boys Cuvée 2011 will be bottled exclusively in magnums. Seven hundred and fifty 1.5 litre bottles of this fascinating wine will be released to the market–and this will be done exclusively in the setting of an auction, which will take place on the 13th of September in the Douro Valley.
DOURO BOYS VINTAGE PORT 2011
The brilliant 2011 vintage has produced magnificent port wines; it is even quite possibly one of the greatest vintages ever.
The Douro Boys have chosen THE MOST PROMISING PORT CASK OF THIS VINTAGE FROM EACH QUINTA, and from these created a vintage port that harkens back to the great wines of the 1970s: a vintage port that’s already impressive, but which will most likely achieve its true greatness only after twenty or thirty years have passed. With this, the Douro Boys are making a clean break with fashion, which recently has dictated that vintage port must also be pleasant and drinkable when young. The Douro Boys Vintage Port 2011 is most definitely targeted to the next and following generations of wine-lovers– and for wine merchants, restaurateurs and parents who are not thinking only about the near-term.
Douro Boys Vintage Port 2011 will be bottled in two hundred and fifty magnums, and will be offered exclusively in the course of the auction on 13 September 2013.
THE AUCTION TEN YEARS OF THE DOURO BOYS
The Douro Boys will be celebrating their tenth birthday on the 13TH OF SEPTEMBER 2013 IN THE AQUAPURA DOURO VALLEY HOTEL IN REGUA. The festivities will begin with the traditional Master Class, introducing the new wines from each estate: the white wines from 2012, and the reds from 2011. Subsequently the hall will transform itself into an auction room, where some fifty lots will be offered up for bidding, with projected prices between 250 EUR and 9.600 EUR.
A total of 750 MAGNUMS OF DOURO BOYS CUVÉE 2011 and some 250 MAGNUMS OF DOURO BOYS VINTAGE PORT 2011 will be packaged into these fifty lots and auctioned off by Peter Mansell, wine-auctioneer from Christie’s in London. The lots will range from single bottles to 120-bottle parcels–among which nearly every lot will contain a classic Douro Boys extra: perhaps an evening with Dirk Niepoort, his Chessboard and a bottle of Colheita 1937 at a place somewhere in the world or “Fly-Fishing” accompined by João Alvares Ribeiro or two VIP-Tickets for a football match of FC Porto accompanied by the soccer enthusiast Tomás Roquette.Here’s the complete auction catalogue to download .
Interested parties from all over the world can henceforth submit written bids (firstname.lastname@example.org). Should you wish to bid live via telephone on the 13th September, you must register by the 2nd of September at the latest, with the telephone number and an indication of which lots are concerned. Click here  to download the registration form.
Of course, the best way to participate is to come in person, to attend the event in the Douro. Place-reservations for the MASTER CLASS (at 2 pm) and the AUCTION (at 6 pm) can be made as of now at email@example.com
Anyone wishing to visit the five estates of the Douro Boys on occasion of their anniversary, and become more intimately acquainted with the Douro Valley, can avail themselves of this offer: An organised excursion from 11 to the 15 of September. For booking and program information, please click here.