Filipa Pato, daughter to Portugal’s legendary Luis Pato, has produced a sublime, thirst quenching Brut Rosé that thrives on fresh red fruit, earthy detail and crackling acidity. You can’t beat this quality for the money. Ice a few bottles down and experience summer’s best casual sparkling brut rosé for the money, hands down.
NV Filipa Pato Beiras Brut Rosé “3B”
“Baga provides the tart cherry and chalk scents to the blend, while bical adds citrusy acidity, creating a Ruby Red grapefruit freshness in this earthy sparkling wine. It’s clean, cool and zesty, tart enough to cut through leitão (the local roast suckling pig) or to serve with cheeses at the end of the meal.” 91 Points, Wine & Spirits
“Very pretty pink, such finesse and delicacy. Dry, light-red fruit and some Victoria plum, tangy but gentle and still fresh” 16.5/20, Jancis Robinson
More About the Wine
Call it Sophistipop: affordable, casual bubbles that are seriously made without the serious price tag. There is huge gaping hole for those who crave this experience on a nightly manner. Pét-Nat, Champagne’s hipster younger brother, is certainly having its moment, but most of the time we find it raw, unpolished and largely underwhelming. Cremant, meanwhile, has steadily raised its own price tag. So, in this current climate we’re happy that someone like Ms. Pato has decided to help things out. Her artisanal, 100% handcrafted (and organic) sparkler blows away other brut roses with complete ease.
For her followers (and yes, we have heard your voice messages and read your emails) this comes as no surprise. Everything this young woman touches (she’s still in her 30’s) seems to turn into gold. Her studies under her famous father, as well has her time in Burgundy studying under Eric Rousseau (Domaine Armand Rousseau), plus her own singular talent, have led her to become one of Portugal’s most exciting female winemakers.
A common thread through all of Ms. Pato’s wines are purity and complete persistence in their flavors. You see that here in her “3B” (the Bs are Baga, Bical and Bairrada). While Portugal’s older generation of crusty male farmers view her with suspicion, the rest of the world can’t seem to get enough –including us. There are less than 30 cases of this available in the entire state and this baby is HOT. This will be your ONLY chance to get this wine this summer.