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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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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: £119.00
Stock: 12 in Stock

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Messias Port, 1966

Quinta Cachao Vintage Port -SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl

A very rare bottle of Vintage Port from the outstanding 1966 Vintage - these are the only bottles available in the UK and they are a true rarity. Unlike the colheita ports from the same year, this wine has aged in the bottle for nearly 50 years (As opposed to a barrel). It is among the rarest category of ports and is a delight for the port connoisseur.

75 cl
20% ABV
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Price: £169.00
Stock: 7 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: 2 in Stock

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Baron de Lustrac, 1966

Vintage Armagnac (comes in own presentation box as illustrated)

Baron de Lustrac is a small traditional éleveur specialising in fine old Armagnac vintages. Their extensive range is sourced from neighbouring estates in the Tenereze and Mas Armagnac regions and they keep an ageing and bottling chais near Magnan, in the Bas Armagnac region.


All Armagnacs are aged in 420ltr oak barrels and sold as single vintages. The grapes used are all harvested from the one particular year, and will only be distilled if the conditions were particularly good. Perfect for big birthdays or as a special drink for the connoisseur as they truly are a fine example of the very best Armagnacs around.
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Price: £159.00
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: 2 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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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: 10 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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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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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: 7 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: 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: 10 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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Warre Vintage Port, 1966

Vintage Port

The Warre 1966 has a unique mineral-scented character that gives the port its own complexity and style. The 1966 is fully mature.
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Price: £159.00
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Whisky, 1966

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Aged 34 Years

70 cl Distilled 1966 Bottled 2001 Matured and Bottled by Douglas Laing and Co
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Price: £425.00
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
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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
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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
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Barros Port, 1966

Colheita Port (Comes in Barros Box as illustrated + FREE UK standard 3-5 day delivery)

The 1966 Barros is full-bodied, soft and velvety with distinctive flavors of dried fruit, which persist forever.It should be stored in a cool, dry, protected from light and temperature variations. The bottle should be stored upright. Established at the beginning of the century, Barros, Almeida & C0 - Vinhos S.A., is undoubtedly, one of the most prestigious companies producing and trading in port. Nowadays, the Barros Group is composed of several companies acquired or established along the years, and its position on the port market is an important one (about 5% of total sales) producing in its Quintas up the Douro about 600 pipes of port.
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Price: £129.00
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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
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Bourgogne, 1966

Thomas Bassot


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Price: £109.00
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