Honore Very Special Blend 2015 (Magnum)Crasto
€ 845,79 (in. BTW)
The 2015 Honore (not to be confused with the Very Old Tawny Port) is a new Douro venture for Crasto. It was aged for 20 months in new barriques (92% French, the rest American) and comes in at 14.5% alcohol. It is made only in magnum, to which the price applies. As background, Crasto has some 42 separate plots and/or vineyards that are part of its estate. That's typically what makes up the Reserva Old Vines, with deletions for underperformers in a given year. The 2015, for instance, had 38 of the 42 plots used in the Reserva Old Vines (two deleted for poor performance, plus both Vinha da Ponte and Maria Teresa were bottled separately). Crasto, of course, is known for bottling Vinha da Ponte and Maria Teresa as single-plot offerings in appropriate years. In other years, they may be part of the Reserva Old Vines. In this new and unusual bottling, Crasto takes its very old Ponte and Maria Teresa vines and blends them together, with no other vineyard sources allowed (the opposite of the Reserva Old Vines' blending philosophy, which uses most of the 42 plots in most years). From centenarian vines, this is mostly sourced from Maria Teresa (71%) with the rest from Vinha da Ponte.