The wine of Fernando Guedes. Legado 2014, Douro Tinto DOC
Each year, in the old vines of Quinta do Caêdo, in Ervedosa do Douro, a new harvest of Legado is born from the work and inspiration of Fernando Guedes. A wine not wanting to be perfect, but symbolic, the utmost expression of terroir in a tribute to time and the passing of a torch.
Conceived by Fernando Guedes, who from an early age was fascinated by the unparalleled spectacle of pre-phylloxera terraces at Quinta do Caêdo, Legado has always stood out as a different wine. In a tribute to the very best of the Douro, each year, Sogrape's winemaking team in the Douro seeks the utmost expression from these 8 hectares of old vines, where the harvest extending over three phases is naturally done by hand, and the sound of a tractor seems to be a figment of the imagination.
Legado 2014, the new harvest now launched, pursues the dream of perpetuating a simple tribute to the roots of Sogrape. “For my father, Legado was always more than just a wine. It took time to be born and was conceived with great care,” recalls Fernando da Cunha Guedes, the current Chairman of Sogrape. “One of the three first winemakers in Portugal and a true man of the land, my father could not remain indifferent to a century-old vineyard capable of creating a wine that could somehow eternalise the knowledge, values and passion inherited from my grandfather,” explains Fernando.
For Luís Sottomayor, the winemaker responsible for this wine’s seventh edition, “Legado 2014 follows the typical profile of its predecessors, marked by its bold personality and character, while maintaining its characteristic gracefulness, partly as a result of highly harmonious ripening.” Produced at the Quinta da Leda winery, in the Douro Superior region, and finished in the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, where it was aged for two years in new barrels of French oak, “this new Legado is an authentic portrait of the terroir of Quinta do Caêdo, a unique place where ancestral grape varieties produce strikingly elegant wines of extraordinary quality,” concludes Luís.