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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Kopke Port, 1966

Colheita Port (Includes Kopke presentation box)

***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: £159.00
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1966 Cecubo

Lazio, Cenatiempo

The 1966 Cecubo has a fairly deep ruby color going garnet at the edges. The nose is nicely aromatic with prune, fig, baking spice and leather. Very earthy and appealing. On the palate, this wine is on the fuller side of medium with high acid and fine, dusty tannins. There are spicy black cherry, black plum and prune fruits with a savory leather and dusty earth character to it and a good aftertaste.

Cecubo (often called Abbuoto) is an obscure Italian grape variety that is predominantly used as a blending component in the red wines of Lazio, central Italy. Cecubo adds deep color and rustic flavors to a blend.
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Price: £69.95
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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: £169.00
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Barolo, 1966

Terre del Barolo - Riserva Speciale (MAGNUM BOTTLE)

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
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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: £249.00
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Baron de Sigognac, 1966

Armagnac (Comes in original Sigognac Box as illustrated)

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: £235.00
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Bramaterra (Piemonte), 1966

Berteletti

Bramatera is almost the only DOC of North Piedmont covering various communes and it is one of Piedmont's most curious wines: extremely difficult to find, but when you find a bottle it is always great! The wine's acidity is high and the tannins are closed when young so the wines need much time to develop; it should be considered a sin to open a bottle of Bramaterra before 10 years old. At that point it can produce beautiful wines dominated by fresh fruit and longevity, elegant perfumes with some violet and a still powerful, tannin-rich structure with a long finish.
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Cabernet, 1966

Cantoni (Clearance offer- Now only £30)

A classic red Italian wine made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The wine has aged to produce a garnet core with a clear rim. Lots of oak, leather and soft tannins remain.
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Price: £30.00
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Chateau Angelus, 1966

St Emilion Grand Cru Classe

This wine from 1966 is light tawny in colour. The nose yields an incredible array of aromas - dried leaves, forest floor, and a meaty component. The palate yields the forest floor, dried tobacco, scorched earth. . Although the fruit has faded and there ss no noticeable structure remaining, it still is a wonderfully complex wine.
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Price: £245.00
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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: £69.95
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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: £59.95
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Chateau Cantemerle, 1966

Haut Medoc 5me Cru Classe (Mid-Shoulder)

The 1966 has been fully mature for over two decades. It is medium ruby with some amber/orange colour at the edges, possessing a light-intensity, fragrant bouquet suggestive of berry fruit and oak. On the palate, the flavors reveal adequate fruit and concentration, but the acidity is a bit sharp in the finish
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Price: £99.95
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Chateau Cantemerle, 1966

Haut Medoc 5me Cru Classe

The 1966 has been fully mature for over two decades. It is medium ruby with some amber/orange colour at the edges, possessing a light-intensity, fragrant bouquet suggestive of berry fruit and oak. On the palate, the flavors reveal adequate fruit and concentration, but the acidity is a bit sharp in the finish
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Price: £119.00
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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
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Chateau Climens, 1966

1er Cru Classe Barsac

This has a lovely nose of mandarin, orange-blossom and a touch of peach. A little “smudged” by alcohol. The palate has a ripe, citrus and mandarin inspired entry, vibrant palate with good depth, touches of quince and barley sugar towards the finish. Good length.
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Price: £119.00
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Chateau Faget, 1966

St Estephe

The 1966 Ch Faget exhibits classic tertiary aromas of stable, currant, leather and hints of peppermint on the nose. There is some cooked fruit left on the palate along with smoke and animal notes. Very soft medium - finish
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Price: £89.00
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Chateau Gros Caillou, 1966

St Emilion Grand Cru ( High Shoulder -Bottled by Christopher & Co.)

Chateau Gros Caillou has been owned by the Dupuy family for nearly six generations in the commune of Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens. The property is renowned for is Saint-Emilion Grand Cru (Château Gros Caillou).
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Price: £89.95
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Chateau Gros Caillou, 1966

St Emilion Grand Cru (In Neck-Bottled by Christopher & Co.)

Chateau Gros Caillou has been owned by the Dupuy family for nearly six generations in the commune of Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens. The property is renowned for is Saint-Emilion Grand Cru (Château Gros Caillou).
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Price: £99.00
Stock: 8 in Stock

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Chateau Leoville Poyferre, 1966

St Julien 2me Growth Classification

Now fully mature, this medium-bodied, stylish wine has good black currant fruit, a complex, yet restrained bouquet of cedar and spices, and a good crisp, clean finish.
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Price: £189.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Leoville Poyferre, 1966

St Julien 2me Growth Classification (MAGNUM Format 150cl)

Now fully mature, this medium-bodied, stylish wine has good black currant fruit, a complex, yet restrained bouquet of cedar and spices, and a good crisp, clean finish.

The vineyards at Leoville Poyferre originally formed part of the great Leoville estate. Following the death of Marquis de la Cases, the vast property was split into three; the Marquis’ son Jean-Pierre took the third that is now Leoville Las Cases, the Marquis’ daughter, Jeanne’s share became what we know as Leoville Poyferre following her marriage to the Baron de Poyferre and the final third was auctioned off and purchased by Hugh Barton.
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Price: £295.00
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Chateau Lynch-Bages, 1966

Pauillac 5me Cru Classe (Mid-Shoulder, bin soiled labels)

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
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Chateau Pontet Canet, 1966

Pauillac, 5th Growth Classification

The Pontet Canet has a good, dark ruby colour. The bouquet of wood and ripe plums is enjoyable, and not complex. In the mouth, the wine has plump, chunky, fruity flavors of good intensity
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Price: £99.00
Stock: 15 in Stock

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Chateau Pontet Canet, 1966

Pauillac, 5th Growth Classification (Damaged Label

The Pontet Canet has a good, dark ruby colour. The bouquet of wood and ripe plums is enjoyable, and not complex. In the mouth, the wine has plump, chunky, fruity flavors of good intensity
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Price: £89.95
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Chateau Pontet Canet, 1966

Pauillac, 5th Growth Classification (Unlabeled bottle)

The Pontet Canet has a good, dark ruby colour. The bouquet of wood and ripe plums is enjoyable, and not complex. In the mouth, the wine has plump, chunky, fruity flavors of good intensity
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Price: £69.95
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Chianti Classico, 1966

Melini - Riserva

The 1966 Chianti classico Melini is characterised by its ruby red colour which turns to garnet with time, with aromas of red and black cherry intermingled with notes of wild herbs, mint and a hint of earthy spice. It is supported by a racy acidity, mellow tannins and a long persistent finish.-
Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. The area’s most highly regarded wines come from the Chianti Classico zone which is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established vinicultural area.
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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