The Roquette e Cazes project represents, above all, the coming together of two friends: Jorge Roquette from Quinta do Crasto and Jean-Michel Cazes from Chateau Lynch-Bages. In 2002, these two families decided to set up a company to produce great wines, distinguished by the natural characteristics of the Douro Valley and by the experience of the Cazes family, who have been producing wines in Bordeaux for nearly a century. The two winemakers willfully accepted and overcame the challenges their partnership inevitably presented them with. Jorge and Jean-Michel were not only able to respect the character of the Douro region without losing its local feel and touch, but also efficiently collaborate despite speaking different languages and working 1,000 km apart from each other. The wines that were born out of this teamwork – Xisto and Roquette e Cazes – reflected the hard work and passion that went into the making of them.
With Roquette e Cazes, the whole process begins in the vineyard. From time to time, family Cazes’ winemaker Daniel Llose goes to the Douro to visit the vineyards along with Manuel Lobo, Quinta do Crasto’s winemaker. The vinification process is conducted by the two winemakers and takes place in Quinta do Crasto’s winery, and a specific winemaking system was created in order to conserve, yet elegantly integrate, the Douro’s characteristics. The Roquette e Cazes grapes come from vineyards located in different parts of the Douro Valley, and the main varieties used are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz.