91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Espumante Brut Nature is a Grüner Veltliner sourced from 2007 vines, fermented and aged for eight months in well-used French oak and disgorged in May 2020 after about 24 months on the lees (the date is not on the label, but there is only one disgorgement here). As a Brut Nature, the sugar is nominal here, with the total acidity at nine grams. It comes in at 12.8% alcohol. I really like what Conceito is doing with this reasonably priced Espumante. This has the energy to be exciting. It's tense on the finish, but it has reasonable depth too. As a Brut Nature, it's not on the fruity side, and this might even be a little less so than last year's, but it has at least some flavor and fruit, both holding up to the power. That's not completely obvious until the next day, when it finally opened up. It was pretty muscle-bound initially. Overall, this excels for its precision and penetration on the finish. It's less impressive for complexity and nuance, but it wasn't on the lees all that long.
Vinous Reverie Notes
Rita Ferreira Marques’s family has been growing grapes in the cool Teja valley, south of the Douro River, for generations. Conceito was born in 2005 when she produced the family’s 1st commercial vintage. Vineyards are at high elevation or 450-600m and comprised of granitic and schistose soils. Certified organic.