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The Wine Society’s Generation Series Bucelas 2022

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One of the first wines ever bought by The Society, Bucelas is a fresh, dry white made from the arinto grape variety, with clean citrus and green apple aromas and crisp acidity. DOC Bucelas lies just north of Lisbon and the wines are made from the arinto grape variety, appley and lemony in their youth, with a core of minerality and the potential to develop greater complexity with bottle age. For more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £13.50 Bottle
Price: £81.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: PW10561

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Arinto
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2025
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, agglomerate

More on the wine

According to one-time Chairman Edmund Penning-Rowsell’s history of The Wine Society, Bucelas, as it is now spelled, was the first wine bought by The Society in August 1874: 'one popular in Victorian times, as decanter labels demonstrate, but scarcely known today – Bucellas. This is a medium dry white wine, otherwise called Portuguese Hock. It was sold at 1s. 7d. a bottle…'. Prior to that it may even have been a fortified wine, to help preserve it for shipment to England. Today, Bucelas is a crisp, dry white, a bottled expression of the Atlantic freshness of Portugal’s breezy west coast.

For our 150th cuvée we approached privately-owned Portuguese wine giant, Sogrape Vinhos, whose historic Quinta da Romeira estate has been producing wines since 1703. Sogrape made major investments in the property and brought modern techniques and expertise to make the very best of this historic appellation and its fine white grape, arinto, producing still and sparkling wines.

Joanna Locke MW, Buyer for Portugal

Sogrape Vinhos

The giant of the Portuguese wine industry and owner of the Mateus brand that has been so successful around the world, the Sogrape group is still, remarkably, a family firm. Founded in 1942 by Fernando Van Zeller Guedes and now run by his three grandsons, Fernando (the current CEO), Salvador and Manuel, the business today has expanded to include many wineries across Portugal, as well as Sandeman’s Port house, the Rioja bodega LAN, Argentina’s Fincal Flichman, Viña Los Boldos of Chile and New Zealand’s Framingham Wines. Its distribution companies span the globe. They became the largest wine producer in Portugal in the 1980s and have never relinquished that title while managing to keep quality consistently high.
 

The Times

Little-known but absolutely delicious, bright, nutty, floral, stone-fruited white, made from the arinto grape

Jane MacQuitty

Club O

The very first wine bought by the fledgling Society, in August 1874, this was known as Portuguese Hock. Bucelas is a small DOC, just north of Lisbon, and this wine, made from Arinto, has been created by...
The very first wine bought by the fledgling Society, in August 1874, this was known as Portuguese Hock. Bucelas is a small DOC, just north of Lisbon, and this wine, made from Arinto, has been created by Portugal’s Sogrape Vinhos, whose historic Quinta da Romeira has been producing wines for more than 300 years. Fresh, lithe and citrus-charged, with scintillating precision, vibrant acidity and gentle textural charm, it’s the perfect pairing for a pint of prawns.
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David Kermode

Decanter

Although wines hailing from the small DOC, just north of Lisbon, are now seldom on British shelves, it was a wine from Bucelas that The Wine Society first bought and listed when it was founded in 1874....
Although wines hailing from the small DOC, just north of Lisbon, are now seldom on British shelves, it was a wine from Bucelas that The Wine Society first bought and listed when it was founded in 1874. For its Generation Series, the retailer approached Sogrape-owned Quinta da Romeira with whom it produced this crisp and linear Arinto. Lemon juice, lime zest and green apple aromas dominate, underscored by a subtle vegetal layer (freshly-cut grass, gooseberry). Linear and refreshing, this will be a perfect companion to seafood.
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