BSE - White Wine
Regional Península de Setúbal
BSE stands for “Branco Seco Especial”, the best known white wine from José Maria da Fonseca.
First produced in 1947, BSE stands for “Branco Seco Especial” and is one of José Maria da Fonseca’s best known brands in Portugal.
BSE is produced in the Setubal wine region. Initially, the grape variety Fernão Pires gave the wine a fruity, distinctive aroma and a soft, dry palate. Nowadays, the blend has a predominance of the Antão Vaz grape, keeping its fruity aroma, elegant and velvet, with a soft and fresh palate.
Enjoy BSE while young, with steamed and grilled fish or on its own as an aperitif.
Domingos Soares Franco, Winemaker and Vice President, studied viticulture and oenology in Davis, California. After graduation he joined the company in the 1980s and, being one of the most innovative of the new generation of Portuguese winemakers, brought significant changes to the style of his wines.
Classification: Regional Setúbal Península
Grape Varieties: Antão Vaz (40%), Arinto (32%), Fernão Pires (28%)
Type of Soil: Clay-Lime and Sandy
Colour: Yellowish citron
Aroma: Pineapple, banana, lime, mineral
Palate: Balanced fruit / acidity
Vinification: Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at 16ºC.
Should be served slightly chilled at temperature of 10ºC with fish, seafood, and salads or, as an aperitif.