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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 (Comes in a Deluxe box with wine accessories 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: 1 in Stock

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1966 Warre's, 1966

Vintage Port - SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl (Comes in a leather effect 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: 2 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: £139.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

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1966 Taylors Single Harvest Port, 1966

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

Only available on 2-5 day delivery

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: 4 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: 8 in Stock

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Barolo, 1966

Terre del Barolo - Riserva Speciale (MAGNUM)

Please note that this is a rare Magnum Format.

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: £149.00
Stock: 3 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: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Batailley, 1966

Pauillac 5th Growth Classification-Berry Brothers Labels (HALF Bottle 37.5cl)

This has a very interesting nose. Muddled flavors dominate but what is obvious is black licorice, vics vapor rub and mothball notes.
Dry palate that actually unfolds into a fairly ripe juicy wine. Lots of anise, menthol/mint, mocha, worn saddle and pencil lead. Long fruit driven finish caps this off. This seems like a wine 20 years younger.
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Price: £69.00
Stock: 5 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: £440.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Margaux, 1966

Margaux 1er grand Cru Classe

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This has always been one of the best examples of Margaux during its period of mediocrity. Too light for a wine of first-growth standards, it has continued to exhibit some of the fabulous fragrance for which Margaux is famous. Soft, round, fruity flavors are suggestive of herbs, cedar, mushrooms, plums, and caramel. (RP) (1/1998)
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Price: £495.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Croft 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 Jornal

Rating 93 points (outstanding)

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Price: £149.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 1966

Vintage Port

Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. It excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavours. With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage ports. The 1966 is a top success for that vintage and is fully mature, but will hold for 15 or more years.


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Price: £195.00
Stock: 15 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 1966

Vintage Port

Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. It excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavours. With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage ports. The 1966 is a top success for that vintage and is fully mature, but will hold for 15 or more years.


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Price: £195.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Graham Port, 1966

Vintage Port UK Berry Brothers Bottling

Graham is a great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post- World War II era. Their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. THe 1966 is full, vigorous, rich and classy on the palate. Not too sweet. This is a big concentrated, very fine example. Bags of life ahead of it.

Drink from now until 2020
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Price: £225.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Grappa, 1966

Vecio Friul - Riserva Ducale

75cl - 44° alc.
Aged in prestigious Oak barrels.
Distilled from pomace – the leftover grape skins, seeds, stalks and pulp from the wine press – grappa was invented by frugal Italian wine producers keen to extract the last drop of value from their grapes.
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Price: £119.00
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: 11 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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Mesolone (Piemonte), 1966

Berteletti

Mesolone is a wine of great intensity and consistency. Ruby ??red color; the nose reveals vinous fruity (cherry, red fruits), spices and vegetables. The palate has good acidity, structure and has excellent tannins, with hints of bitter almond. Excellent as an entire meal, it goes particularly well with roast, with game and stews.
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Price: £89.00
Stock: 9 in Stock

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Offley Vintage 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 that gains extra credit.
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Price: £149.00
Stock: 2 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: £159.00
Stock: 6 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, Spumante

"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: 2 in Stock

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Savigny-Vergelesses, 1966

Patriarche


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Price: £129.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Taylor's Port, 1966

Vintage Port UK bottled (BBR)

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: £195.00
Stock: 13 in Stock

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Vernaccia Di Oristano, 1966

Sella and Mosca

Please note that this wine is designed for early consumption and is sold as a curiosity for the 1966 Vintage and therefore is excluded from our guarantee.

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Price: £115.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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