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DFS Moscatel de Setubal Superiore 2001
Moscatel de Setubal
Domingos Soares Franco
Amber coloured, this rich but fresh DSF Moscatel de Setubal Superiore Cognac displays lovely aromas of apricot, yellow plums and orange peel. On the palate they are joined by flavours of vibrant citrus and toasted hazelnut. The finish is seemingly endless. The wine is fortified with Cognac, hence the name.
Just like Port wines, the fermentation for this DSF Moscatel de Setubal Superiore 2001 Cognac was halted by adding brandy. In this case the brandy is Cognac, hence the name. Aged in used oak for a whopping nineteen years, the wine was bottled in 2020. No aging in bottle is necessary, because it does not improve after bottling. It's shelf life is infinite. Drink it as an aperitif at 10 degrees Celsius or as a dessert wine at 16 degrees Celsius.
Domingos Soares Franco, enologist and vice-president, is the youngest of the two representatives of the sixth generation of the family that manages José Maria da Fonseca. He studied in Davis, California, and started working at José Maria da Fonseca in the 1980s. Since then, he has introduced several changes into the wines produced by this company, becoming one of the most innovative new-generation enologists in Portugal. As an enologist, his first major influence was undoubtedly that of his father Fernando Soares Franco. His uncle, António Porto Soares Franco, a man of great vision, also influences him tremendously, among other important achievements, he deserves to be recognized as the creator of Lancers, one of the best known Portuguese wines around the world and José Maria da Fonseca’s first international "best seller".
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