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1966 Vintage Report

Italian: 1966 produced a good vintage for Italian wines from Piedmont and Tuscany. However quality Italian reds such as Barolo and Brunello are still drinking well today.
 
Bordeaux: 1966 was a very good wine vintage for Bordeaux. At the time the wines were tannic and had high acidity. Over the past four decades, the tannins have faded to make the wines more drinkable. The best quality wines such as Latour and Palmer are still in their prime even now and will remain so for many years to come. Other Bordeaux wines will remain good to drink.

 
Vintage Port: 1966 is an outstanding Port vintage of exceptional quality that was generally declared. Always overshadowed by the legendary 1963 but now recognised as being one of the very best post-war Vintage Ports. The wines are characterised by being long lasting with firm, perfect weight and balance. Most will outlast the 63's and turn out greater in the long run.

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1966 Sandeman, 1966

Vintage Port *Library Release from Sandemans Cellars Oporto* (Comes in a solid Oak box with silk liner as illustrated + FREE UK Mainland standard 3-5 day delivery)

The 1966 sandman port is our best selling 1966 port. These bottles have been shipped from Sandeman's cellars in Oporto. They have been inspected and relabelled and so are in perfect condition.

A superb port from a classic vintage. The medium garnet colour has held up quite well with some bricking on the rim, but otherwise this wine is still showing youth and it has the backbone for a long life ahead. Complex layers of cocoa and spice with excellent balance and the velvety mouth- feel that gains extra credit.
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Price: £179.00
Stock: 10 in Stock

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1966 Warre's, 1966

Vintage Port - SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl (Comes in a Solid Oak Box with silk liner. Special Offer was £179 now £169

A great vintage port from an outstanding year and producer.

Reviews:
91 points Wine Spectator
There is still plenty of fresh, youthful fruit here. Medium ruby-red, with an intense floral and berry nose, medium-bodied, with rich, sweet fruit flavors, medium tannins and a lingering finish. Very good fruit. (Web Only—1998)
Jancis Robinson
Deep, vibrant ruby with very pale rim. Big, broad, rich nose – quite burly and autumnal. More powerful than the 1963 – with more obvious alcohol. Excellent balance again but with sweet, very direct attack. Dry, energetic finish. This is all power and bounce rather than the subtlety of the 1963.
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Price: £169.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Kopke Port, 1966

Colheita Port (Comes in original wooden Kopke box as illustrated)

***96 Points- Mark Squires, eRobertParker.com #223 March 2016***

Review:
The 1966 Colheita Tawny Port was bottled in 2015 with 126.3 grams per liter of residual sugar, and comes with a bar top cork (as is typical here). As we start getting seriously old in the lineup from Sogevinus this issue, this shows what you get with increasing age: the superb concentration of flavor, the long, intense finishes and the complex medley of flavors that old Tawnies deliver effortlessly. That, to me, is what makes them worth the extra bucks. If some of the youngsters lean more to caramel, this adds more molasses with a touch of Brandy in the background.
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Price: £149.00
Stock: 42 in Stock

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Messias Port, 1966

Colheita Single Harvest Tawny Port- (Includes Deluxe Gift Box with Accessories as illustrated)

**International Wine Challenge 2012: Gold Medal**
The extended barrel aging has given this wine a complex fusion of dried fruit and cedar notes. On the palate the wine is smooth and full bodies with plenty nuts and sweet fruit on the palate, fine balance. A tremendous finish which goes on forever. There's no question about the quality on display here.
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Price: £129.00
Stock: 8 in Stock

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1966 Croft Vintage Port, 1966

Vintage Port

"A slightly deeper core compared to the ’63. The nose is very ripe with mulberry and tobacco with a hint of balsam, just lacking a little freshness and delineation. The palate is similar to the ’63, very well-balanced and cohesive, a slightly viscous texture, fresh and surfeit with joie-de-vivre and vivacity. Wild strawberry, lemongrass and fig towards the finish, this is certainly the “dark horse” of the decade and in my humble opinion, superior to the ’63. A little gem."
Tasted November 2007. Neil Martin Wine Journal
Rating 93 points (outstanding)
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Price: £169.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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1966 Taylors Single Harvest Port, 1966

Single Harvest Tawny Port (Comes in original Taylor's Box as illustrated)

Taylors have just announced a limited release of their 1966 Single Harvest Tawny Port. This is a new release of a rich, mellow and spicy 1966 Single Harvest Port.

It is presented in a classic Taylor’s frosted bottle, and packaged in a high quality beech-wood box.

During its five decades of ageing in oak casks, this wine has taken on an attractive pale mahogany colour with olive amber highlights. On the nose the wine displays fine oaky aromas and complex spicy, nutty, cigar box notes against a warm mellow background of butterscotch and molasses. The smooth velvety palate is lifted by a crisp acidity which gives the wine an attractive freshness in spite of its age.
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Price: £149.00
Stock: 9 in Stock

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50 Years of Port Gift

A Bottle of Taylors 30 Year Old Tawny Port and a Bottle of Taylors 20 Year Old Tawny Port presented in a stained double gift box.

A unique gift for a 50th Anniversary celebration.

This gift comprises a 75cl bottle of 30 year aged tawny port and a 75cl bottle of 20 year aged tawny port. Adding up to 50 years.

Only tiny quantities of aged tawny port are produced each year, making the wines extremely rare and amongst the most revered in the world. This beautiful Tawny port has been aged in oak casks for an average age of 30 and 20 years. During their long maturation they become tawny in colour and concentrated in their aromas. This port has very intense and elegant flavours which combine to give a smooth, fine finish.
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Price: £129.00
Stock: 7 in Stock

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Barolo, 1966

Terre del Barolo - Riserva Speciale (MAGNUM)

Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods no problem at all.
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Price: £159.00
Stock: 11 in Stock

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Baron de Sigognac, 1966

Armagnac

The company behind this Armagnac owns one of the most important stocks of old vintages in the whole region. They are growers as well as distillers and specialise in sourcing and ageing old casks of Armagnac.

The Armagnac is made from a blend of Baco and Ugni Blanc, the predominant grapes used in the production of Armagnac. The distillation takes place in a column still to an alcohol strength of about 54%. The spirit is then aged in local black oak casks. The alcohol content then reduces naturally to about 40% after about forty years.

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Price: £195.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Barros Special Edition: Five Decades Of Passion

101 Special Edition (Comes in premium presentation box as illustrated)

This limited edition tawny port is blended from five different vintages from each decade from the 1930's to the 1970's representing 5 decades of passion, talent and art. Having aged in small oak barrels over half a century, these wines have evolved and developed a unique character. This exclusive blend is limited to 1913 bottles only!

This is a sublime port with a medium tawny colour (50% opacity) a slight cedar and mahogany notes as a result of its duration in casks. The wine is full bodied with a soft rounded texture. On the palate there are notes of dried fruits, caramel and a touch of mocha.
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Price: £245.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Blackadder, 1966

raw cask bowmore single malt Scotch whisky (Special offer was £599 now £499))

Blackadder Raw Cask is whisky as it always was. Whisky as it used to be. Every drop is "Whisky from the Old School".
Blackadder uses a special bottling process to make sure that every bottle contains its own share of the cask sediments as well as natural oils and fats, it is raw and unfiltered.

As Blackadder Raw Cask is a high strength cask whisky we recommend "cutting" your spirit with an equal part of water. But because adding water is always a matter of personal taste, the amount of water you choose to add is very much a matter of choice.
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Price: £499.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Blandys Madeira, 1966

Sercial Madeira

Blandy’s Vintage Sercial 1966 is a single harvest Madeira. This wine was aged for 38 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional ‘Canteiro’ system, whereby the casks were gradually transferred from the top floors of the lodge, where it is naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. The wine was regularly racked and when it reached the desired stage of maturity it was bottled. Only 2,404 bottles of this wine were released. Vintage (or Frasquiera) Madeira must be aged in cask for a minimum of 20 years, in practise they are aged for much longer, before being bottled under Madeira Wine Institute supervision.
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Price: £289.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Calon Segur, 1966

3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

*** 90 + Points - Cellar Tracker ***

Reviews

"Wonderful nose of campfire, scorched earth, forest fire smoke, hay, animal, underbrush, cement, dusty concrete, and tobacco. Unique and highly expressive bouquet that you can nose and nose and continue finding new scents. Unfortunately it doesn't totally follow up on the palate: major tannins, tight and tart, lots of currant, somewhat stunted. Not thin, still has depth to the fruit, but drying out somewhat. Drink this now in its 50th anniversary." Cellar Tracker Review tasted 2016
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Price: £124.00
Stock: 19 in Stock

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Chateau Cheval Blanc, 1966

St Emilion Premiere Grand Cru Classe

*** Oustanding! - Reviews Cellar Tracker. ***

*** 94 Points Neil Martin - Wine Journal ***

Reviews:
"Still garnet in the glass, edges lightening up only somewhat. Medium intense nose of damp soil, ferns, some damp tobacco. Tertiary and vegetal, although not in an entirely dissatisfying way. Livens up with a bit of coaxing: tea leaves, peppermint, menthol, echinacea. Ethereal but with power in the background. Big berry fruit on the palate, fully mature with tannins almost all resolved. Damp leathers. Sweet red cherry fruit surpasses currant and rhubarb. Tingling mouthfeel. A beautiful and special glass.
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Price: £495.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Leoville Poyferre, 1966

St Julien 2me Cru Classe (Magnum)

90 Points + - Cellar Tracker

Reviews:
"The 1966 Léoville Poyferré is a very attractive wine, which blossoms in the decanter to reveal a detailed bouquet of lifted red and black fruit, cedar, Cuban cigar and graphite-like soil tones. Precise and firm at the core, with the relatively high acids that are characteristic of the vintage, this is leaner than some of its peers, but also quite a concentrated, characterful Poyferré that has retained its youthful juicy vibrancy and cut." Cellar Tracker Review.

This wine has excellent provenance and has been stored by the original owner in professional cellar conditions until sale to us.
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Price: £275.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

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Chateau Lynch-Bages, 1966

Pauillac 5me Cru Classe (Top Shoulder)

Neal Martin gave it 91 points, after a 2009 tasting: "Ex-cellar bottle tasted blind at the Lynch Bages vertical. After two disappointing bottles of the Lynch ’66, finally, a truly representative one. Deep garnet colour, clear with dark brick rim. This has a very alluring nose that uncoils slowly, roasted herbs, cedar, graphite, a touch of crushed stone and raspberry leaf. It gains intensity all the time in the glass. Just a beautiful palate, very well balanced, firm tannins, touches of cedar, pencil lead, a hint of orange rind/mandarin, very harmonious and focused although not quite the persistency of a true great.
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Price: £149.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Dow's Port, 1966

Vintage Port

"This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977.The 1966 is a top success for that vintage; in fact, it would be hard to find a better port from that year." Robert Parker, Wine Buyer Guide.
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Price: £199.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Henriques and Henriques Madeira

50 Year Old Tinta Negra Presented in Gift Box

The first ever 50 Year Old Tinta Negra is absolutely stunning! This is the 1st time Tinta Negra has ever been seen this way and with ONLY 2,700 (50cl) bottles produced for the entire world market, it looks a pretty amazing offering

2015 saw Tinta Negra promoted to the status of ‘recommended grape’ and thus is now allowed to be mentioned on labels. In addition, a new 50 Year-Old category has been implemented; this is designed to bridge the gap between 15/20 Year-Old Colheitas and much older single-year Madeiras, and offers drinkers the opportunity to buy some properly old cask-aged Madeiras at prices considerably below those of the older vintage bottlings.
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Price: £169.00
Stock: 12 in Stock

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Leacock, 1966

Bual

John Leacock sailed to Madeira from the United Kingdom (after the death of his father) in 1741 and at the age of 15 became the youngest apprentice at the firm of Madeira merchants, Catanach and Murdoch staying until his contract expired on 11 March 1749. During his apprenticeship he had been in constant contact with an old school friend, John Patient, residing at that time in Charles Town, South Carolina who suggested that they themselves should commence trading. Leacock agreed and this marks the birth of the now world famous company. Bottled in 1994 after 28 years in cask, this totally unique vintage Madeira is sweet, though markedly less so than Malmsey Madeira.
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Price: £285.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Quinta do Noval, 1966

Vintage Port

From the outstanding 1966 vintage, this deep, rich, sweet port is a classic example of the vintage. It has a high-toned bouquet with a touch of liquorice and great flesh and flavour with a slightly hot finish. Drink now until 2018.
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Price: £179.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

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Rebello Valente Vintage Port, 1966

Vintage Port

Mid coloured red centre with an orange colour rim. Spring flowers on the nose (elderflower?). Medium mid-palate with butterscotch and caramel. Some tingle in the aftertaste that delivers more than you would expect.
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Price: £159.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Reciotto, 1966

Cantine Sociali Bardolino

"Recioto," as in "Recioto della Valpolicella," refers to a dessert wine made from grapes that were dried on mats after picking. This process turns the grapes closer to raisins, concentrating the flavors. The wines are lovely and taste how you'd expect raisins-turned-wine to taste, rich and sweet.
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Price: £99.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Reciotto, 1966

Biscardo

"Recioto," as in "Recioto della Valpolicella," refers to a dessert wine made from grapes that were dried on mats after picking. This process turns the grapes closer to raisins, concentrating the flavors. The wines are lovely and taste how you'd expect raisins-turned-wine to taste, rich and sweet.
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Price: £99.00
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Reciotto, 1966

Montresor

"Recioto," as in "Recioto della Valpolicella," refers to a dessert wine made from grapes that were dried on mats after picking. This process turns the grapes closer to raisins, concentrating the flavors. The wines are lovely and taste how you'd expect raisins-turned-wine to taste, rich and sweet.
This particular reciotto is made into a lovely red sparkling wine.
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Price: £109.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Taylor's Port, 1966

Vintage Port

A superb port from a classic vintage. The medium garnet colour has held up quite well with some bricking on the rim, but otherwise this wine is still showing youth and it has the backbone for a long life ahead. Complex layers of cocoa and spice with excellent balance and the velvety mouth- feel

Intense ruby. Elegant, fresh nose, finely balanced, redolent of violets. Palate is remarkably balanced as well: intense fruit (figs) in an excellent mineral/tannic frame. Lovely freshness and the flavours continue on the finish. Still has years of great life ahead.
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Price: £219.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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