Among the Portuguese wines chosen for this Top are two Port wines and four non fortified wines (three from Douro and one from Alentejo).
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Every year Wine Enthusiast launches the list of the 100 best wine selections to keep, a ranking of the best wines tasted throughout the year "which exhibit pedigree, structure and staying power" and which the magazine says are "worthy wine brands of an eternity and that all these bottles will stand the test of time, of course to varying degrees, depending on region, variety, year of harvest and style." One can consult Wine Enthusiast's expert tasting panel reviews for an insight into when will be the best moment to open the bottle.
This is precisely the case of Quinta do Vale Meão 2018, which won 5th place in the Top 100 and that for Roger Voss, from Wine Enthusiast: “For such a large wine, it is surprisingly elegant.” According to this wine specialist "you should wait at least 8 years to taste it but it guarantees that all the elements are there: dense with tannins and black fruits, but also sophisticated and certainly worthy of the wait".
The 6 Portuguese wines in the Top 100 Cellar Selections 2021 are:
#5 Quinta do Vale Meão 2018 Red (Douro) 99 pts
#10 Taylor Fladgate 2018 Vintage (Port) 98 pts
#38 Casa Relvas 2019 Herdade da Pimenta Grande Escolha Red (Alentejano) 94 pts
#42 Prats & Symington LDA 2018 Chryseia Red (Douro) 96 pts
#78 Quinta de la Rosa 2018 La Rosa Reserva Red (Douro) 94 pts
#82 Quinta do Crasto 2018 Vintage (Port) 94 pts