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1976 Vintage Report

Italian: A large crop was produced but the 1976 wines lacked the ripeness and longevity of the 1975 vintage. Although the wines will not improve further with age, they are still very drinkable.
 
Bordeaux: 1976 wines still offer delightful attractive drinking if they have been well stored. The wines are characterised assoft bodied with low acidity levels.
Rain during the harvest that following the long hot summer of 1976 tarnished what could have been the vintage of the decade. Much to general surprise, the 1976 vintage although mature on release has maintained its maturity to date.

 
Spain: A good year that produced good quantities of Rioja. Gran Reserva made the annual average of 7%.
 
Vintage Port: 1976 port vintage: Following the driest winter on record there was a total drought throughout the summer, until the end of August. This resulted in a very low production. Those that were produced are exceptionally concentrated and full-bodied. They lack a little freshness but this is understandable given the dry conditions. There are very few vintage ports (bottle aged) available but the Colheita ports (barrel aged) from this year are excellent.

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Sandeman

40 Year Old tawny Port (presented in Sandeman gift box)

Sandeman is a regular Decanter World Wine Awards Gold- and Trophy-winner for its supremely refined tawnies. This has lovely lifted aromas and flavours of chocolate- covered sultanas and orange peel. Seductive and creamy with perfect poise for its age.

Deep and intense, with aromas of vanilla, oak and honey, Sandeman 40 Year Tawny Port has wonderful tasting notes of dried fruits, spices, and nut. Serve chilled to enjoy each layered flavour to the max.

Dark raisin and dried apricot flavors manifest on this immensely dark, old gold hued wine. Enormous concentration, as with the initially, almost painful acidity that comes through the spirit.
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Price: £99.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Fonseca 40 Year Aged Tawny Port

Fonseca 40 Year Aged Tawny Port - (Comes in original Fonseca Box with 2 Tasting Glasses as illustrated)

Tawny Ports of this age, the oldest designation allowed, are true rarities.

This sublime port of great age and rarity has been aged in casks for an average age of 40 years. The port shows the old olive-gold hue of its many years in cask. Decades of evaporation have concentrated the wine to an exceptional density. Impressions of clove, nutmeg and an intense nuttiness converge both on the bouquet and palate. The wine's lush, almost viscous texture culminates in a finish of incredible length.

Peter Symington recommends, “Aged Tawny Ports are not designed to age in bottle and therefore should not be kept in a cellar for further ageing.
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Price: £139.00
Stock: 8 in Stock

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Kopke Port

40 Year Old White Port- Half Bottle 375ml

Kopke Port is the oldest port house. Established in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son, Nicolau Kopke who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League, the House of Kopke is the eldest Porto wine export firm. Through many generations, the Company was run by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.

An extremely rare bottle of 40 years aged White Port. Please note that these are half bottles.

Review:
This Kopke 40 Years Old presents a blondish bright color and a fine and very complex nose, which features dried fruits such as figs and hazelnuts, some candied orange and velvety notes of honey and even citrus fruits.
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Price: £85.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Kopke Port, 1976

Colheita Port - Comes in original Kopke Box as illustrated (Special Offer Was £129.00 Now £119)

Kopke Port is the oldest port house. Established in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son, Nicolau Kopke who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League, the House of Kopke is the eldest Porto wine export firm. Through many generations, the Company was run by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.

Review:
Bright amber colour with golden hints. Involving and sweet nose of an incredible complexity, plenty of rich aromas of condensed milk, vanilla and coffee. In the taste it is complex, unctuous and well-structured. A wine wonderfully balanced and with an endless finish.
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Price: £119.00
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Kopke Port

Kopke 40 Year Old Tawny Port

***95 Points-cellartracker.com***

Kopke Port is the oldest port house. Established in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son, Nicolau Kopke who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League, the House of Kopke is the eldest Porto wine export firm. Through many generations, the Company was run by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.

Reviews:
Dark tawny with orangey-red highlights. I wouldn't quite call it mahogany in color, but it's close. Very dark, and lots of brown.
Nose: As is typical, lots of (to me) Madeira-like notes.
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Price: £99.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Messias Port

40 Year Old Tawny Port (Comes in a Deluxe Gift Box with Accessories as illustrated)

Very pale amber/tawny/orange colour. Fine and delicate aromas of hazelnuts and candied citrus. Quince marmalade character, delicate in style, with finesse and poise. Seemingly quite dry in style towards the finish (not as obviously rich as some here), and supremely refined.


Bottle Size 75cl
ABV 20%
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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40 Year Old Graham's

Tawny Port (includes presentation box as pictured)

Graham's 40 Years Old is made from wines of the very highest quality which, following careful selection, are matured in seasoned oak casks of until their peak of maturity is reached. These are among the most demanding and challenging styles of Port to produce requiring great skill and years of experience from the winemaker and blender. It is essential to strike the correct balance between the delicacy and elegance which results from prolonged cask ageing while retaining the fruit quality which lends this old Tawny its structure and longevity.

Golden amber with a pale green tinge at the rim which denotes great quality and class.
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Price: £99.95
Stock: 9 in Stock

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Barbera, 1976

Viglierchio *** MAGNUM+ RARE FORMAT 1.75Ll***

Barbera is a wine of prestige, rich colors that refer generally to the ruby purple, just what clothes cardinals; the bouquet is ample and composite, with fruity notes of blackberry, cherry, strawberry and red fruit jam and spicy aromas reminiscent of cinnamon, vanilla, green pepper.
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Price: £89.00
Stock: 18 in Stock

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Barolo, 1976

Stabilini

Barolo lies just south-west of Alba in Italy's north-western Piedmont region. It is considered one of the finest and longest-lived wines, often referred to as 'the king of wines and the wine of kings'. Wine production is strictly limited to the vineyards located on steep hills around the towns of Barolo, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba and Monforte d'Alba, Despite the different characteristics of these wines due to the varied terroir, they do display similar traits. These include a garnet color, powerful structure, firm tannins and high levels of acidity and alcohol, with the capacity to age for many years.
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Price: £119.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Barros Port

40 Year Old Tawny Port

This bottle of 40 year old port is an absolute delight. It has a flavour of raisins, prunes, cherries and other dried fruits which have been soaked in a fine alcohol in small barrels for years until their flavours have been thoroughly infused the port. As a port it is surprisingly light considering its age in that it doesn’t have a heaviness to it. The mouth feel is quite light, approachable and drinkable. The finish is very long - this is an elegant wine.
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Price: £94.00
Stock: 18 in Stock

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Blandys Madeira, 1976

Terrantez Madeira

Blandy’s Vintage Terrantez 1976 is a single harvest Madeira. This wine was aged for nearly 40 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: £195.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Calem Port

40 Year Old Tawny Port

Port Calem 40 years is the result of a careful blending of wines from the average age of 40 years in oak barrels. Auburn-greenish color, features notes of dried fruit, spices and honey. The palette is engaging, complex and it has a powerful long finish.
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Price: £88.25
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1976

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe (MAGNUM) high shoulder, stained label

Mahogany core with deep brick rim. The nose is actually better than I anticipated with some dusty black fruits, cedar a touch of game, but it certainly lacks vigour and cohesion. The palate is a little tawdry, slightly hollow with an cooked character that jars against some obvious green berries that found themselves fermenting. Linear towards the dry finish, moderate length.
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Price: £545.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1976

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe (VTS)

Mahogany core with deep brick rim. The nose is actually better than I anticipated with some dusty black fruits, cedar a touch of game, but it certainly lacks vigour and cohesion. The palate is a little tawdry, slightly hollow with an cooked character that jars against some obvious green berries that found themselves fermenting. Linear towards the dry finish, moderate length.
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Price: £295.00
Stock: 11 in Stock

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Chianti, 1976

Fattoria Gavignano

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Price: £69.00
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Chianti, 1976

Ruffino

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Price: £79.00
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Chianti, 1976

Signoria

Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Price: £69.00
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Cossart Gordon Madeira, 1976

Bual Madeira

Cossart Gordon Frasqueira Vintage Madeiras are aged in cask for a minimum of 20 years before being bottled under the supervision of the Madeira Wine Institute. The Frasqeiras then receive an additional two years bottle ageing before release. Madeira is a complex, interesting wine and is made in virtually every vintage. Due to the unique estufagem aging process Madeira is one of the longest-lived wines and also improves for days after opening, but will keep, once opened, for a month and more in a decanter. It makes an ideal wedding or anniversary present. Cossart Gordon Frasqueira-Vintage Madeiras continually fetch the very highest prices at international fine wine auctions.
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Price: £195.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Dolcetto, 1976

Oddero

A native black grape variety of Northern Italy grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. It is relatively easy to cultivate, although it is susceptible to fungal diseases. It ripens before Barbera and Nebbiolo and is often grown in high north-facing sites which would be unsuitable for Nebbiolo. The finest Dolcetto wines come from grapes grown on soils rich with white marls, especially those found on the right bank of the River Tauro. The wines generally are low in tannins and acidity and are usually fruity and fragrant, often with hints of almonds.
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Price: £49.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Dolcetto d'Alba, 1976

Enrico Serafino

A native black grape variety of Northern Italy grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. It is relatively easy to cultivate, although it is susceptible to fungal diseases. It ripens before Barbera and Nebbiolo and is often grown in high north-facing sites which would be unsuitable for Nebbiolo. The finest Dolcetto wines come from grapes grown on soils rich with white marls, especially those found on the right bank of the River Tauro. The wines generally are low in tannins and acidity and are usually fruity and fragrant, often with hints of almonds.
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Price: £49.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Dolcetto d'Alba, 1976

Enrico Serafino

A native black grape variety of Northern Italy grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. It is relatively easy to cultivate, although it is susceptible to fungal diseases. It ripens before Barbera and Nebbiolo and is often grown in high north-facing sites which would be unsuitable for Nebbiolo. The finest Dolcetto wines come from grapes grown on soils rich with white marls, especially those found on the right bank of the River Tauro. The wines generally are low in tannins and acidity and are usually fruity and fragrant, often with hints of almonds.
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Price: £49.00
Stock: 35 in Stock

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Dolcetto d'Alba, 1976

Giacomo Borgogno

A native black grape variety of Northern Italy grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. It is relatively easy to cultivate, although it is susceptible to fungal diseases. It ripens before Barbera and Nebbiolo and is often grown in high north-facing sites which would be unsuitable for Nebbiolo. The finest Dolcetto wines come from grapes grown on soils rich with white marls, especially those found on the right bank of the River Tauro. The wines generally are low in tannins and acidity and are usually fruity and fragrant, often with hints of almonds.

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Price: £59.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Dom Perignon, 1976

Champagne

96 Points (Antonio Gallioni)

Reviews: "The 1976-Dom Perignon (Original Release) was a revelation. It showed the lightest color in this flight, which could have been taken as a clue. It showed unreal freshness and vibrancy, with soaring aromatics and notes of white peaches and jasmine. It was a totally seductive wine." Antionio Gallioni, In The Cellar, 2008
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Price: £379.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Dom Perignon, 1976

Champagne

96 Points (Antonio Gallioni)

Reviews: "The 1976-Dom Perignon (Original Release) was a revelation. It showed the lightest color in this flight, which could have been taken as a clue. It showed unreal freshness and vibrancy, with soaring aromatics and notes of white peaches and jasmine. It was a totally seductive wine." Antionio Gallioni, In The Cellar, 2008
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Price: £379.00
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Domain Du Moulin Aux Moines, 1976

Auxey Duresses

Auxey-Duresses is a village in the Cote de Beaune sub-region of Burgundy. Located in the Saint-Romain Valley, an east-west hiatus in the Cote d'Or escarpment, its hillsides enjoy excellent south and south-east orientation. This fact, along with the high percentage of limestone in the local soils, means that these vineyards are well placed to make wines of very high quality.
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Price: £79.95
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