1981 Vintage Report

Italian: The good 1981 Italian vintage produced a large crop of consistent wines. The best examples from Tuscany and Piedmont are now at their peak of their maturity.
 
Bordeaux: 1981 was a very good vintage for Bordeaux Wines. Although July was cool the fruit ripened well through a warm and dry August and September. The harvest began under good conditions in the very last days of September but was hampered by rain in the first two weeks of October leading to a dilution of the grape juice.Nevertheless, reliable chateau still managed to fashion some stylish, classic wines, with medium body and good structure.
 
Spain: 1981 was considered one of the great vintages for Rioja, and this wine is at its peak of maturity, although it will last for another 8+ years.
 
Vintage Port: 1981 Port : Our recommendation would be for a Colheita port from 1981.

50 products found.

Kopke Port, 1981

Colheita Port (Includes Kopke presentation box)

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:
Vibrant amber colour. Complex and perfumed bouquet of dried fruits well integrated with the exuberance of the spices notes. Massively concentrated, powerful, rich and with an incredible depth. A wine of great character and with a delicious and endless finish.
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Price: £79.95
Stock: 14 in Stock

Barbaresco, 1981

Tenuta Carretta - Poderi Bordino (SPECIAL OFFER was £119 NOW only £89).

Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.
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Price: £89.00
Stock: 50 in Stock

Barbera d'Asti, 1981

Viarengo

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: £39.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

Baron de Lustrac, 1981

Vintage Armagnac (Comes in original Lustrac 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: £99.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Barros Port, 1981

Colheita Port (Comes in original Barros Box as illustrated)

Compelling typical old styke port with heavy smoky oak, walnut and caramel. Mid palate is still vibrantly fresh with sour cherry and cranberry. Good grip with a lovely finish.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

Cabernet, 1981

Catemario, Grave Del Friuli

Very forward nose of leather and cherries, liquorice, wild strawberries, ripe plums and pencil .The palate is very nice balance of sweet fruit and acidity.
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Price: £59.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau de Lacaze, 1981

Bas Armagnac

Distilled in 1981 it was then shipped in cask to the United Kingdom two years later where it was stored in damp cellars, perfect for slow ageing. Bottled 23 years later it is a smooth spirit with dark chocolate and vanilla aromas and hint of lavender, marzipan and spices.
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Price: £69.95
Stock: 12 in Stock

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, 1981

St Julien, 2eme Growth Classification

Robert Parker writes...."One of the Medoc's more successful wines, the 1981 has reached full maturity. It exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, and a moderately attractive nose of minerals and jammy cranberry fruit intermixed with black currants. In the mouth, this wine has lost its baby fat, revealing medium body, and an elegant, measured personality. Pure, with well-integrated tannin, this is a stylish, graceful Ducru-Beaucaillou."

Rating 88 Points

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Price: £119.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Filhot, 1981

Sauternes 2eme Cru Classe

The 1981 Chateau Filhot, showed far better than in previous tastings. It displayed a wonderfully pure, honeyed pineapple-scented nose, rich, medium to full-bodied flavors, fine underlying acidity, an earthiness that added to the wine's complexity, and a clean, rich, crisp finish.
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Price: £56.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Fourcas Hosten Listrac, 1981

Medoc Cru Bourgeous Exceptionnel

On the nose, the Fourcas-Hosten delivers rich, red fruit notes, with hints of leather and pepper. on the palate, it delivers a good, rounded glavour that narrows out to reveal adequate ripeness, some purity, and a spicy, woody finish.
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Price: £54.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey, 1981

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe (Damaged Label- Special Offer was £69.95, now £40.00)

A wonderful sweet dessert wine. The staff at Cordier have every right to be happy with this splendidly concentrated, complex, fully mature wine. Tremendous intensity, viscous, ripe, and layered with honeyed, apricot-flavoured fruit, this unctuous wine is not tiring or heavy to drink, but lively and effusively fruity.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Lanayre, 1981

Haut Medoc

The 1981 Chateau Lanayre is pale red in color, fading to garnet. On the nose still some fruit left mainly red fruit, leather, tobaco and earth. On the palate black cherry, plum and vanilla. The tannins are smooth and the acidity is balanced leading to a medium finish.
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere, 1981

Graves Grand Cru Classe

This is a classic Bordeaux, with a deep ruby colour, an emerging bouquet of vanilla, coffee, and black currants, rich, highly extracted fruit, medium body, and a long, moderately tannic finish.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Pichon-Longueville, Baron, 1981

Pauillac 2eme Cru Classe

Soft red berried fruits, leather and cedar. A bit diffuse. The palate is medium-bodied with a nice balance. Quite dry, distinctly lacking in complexity. Nowhere near the quality of the late 1980's, but it still has charm.
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

Chateau Suduiraut, 1981

Sauternes 1er Grand Cru Classe

The 1981 reveals a textbook, light gold colour with a slight greenish hue. There is good acidity, high alcohol, and considerable sweetness with a long sweet finish.
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Price: £79.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti, 1981

Reserva Adolfo Giannini

Full red color with a bit of lightening. Lovely bright red cherry nose with hints of rose and orange peel. Big bright red cherry with some dusty tannic structure with just a hint of liquorice on the finish.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti, 1981

Colli Fiorentini,Torre a Decima - Riserva

1981 Colli Fiorentini,Torre a Decima - Riserva Typically displays a bright brick colour with medium body and silky Chianti tannins. A smooth, well rounded wine offering sour cherry and raspberry notes with a medium finish. These wines can be forward and fruity while still exhibiting Chianti's characteristic rustic charm.
Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. This Chianti is a Sangiovese-based wine from the less prestigious vineyards of the area.
The label riserva is earned only when the wine has been aged for 24 months before commercial release.
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti, 1981

Vergignolo

1981 Vergignolo Typically displays a bright brick colour with medium body and silky Chianti tannins. A smooth, well rounded wine offering sour cherry and raspberry notes with a medium finish. These wines can be forward and fruity while still exhibiting Chianti's characteristic rustic charm.
Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. This Chianti is a Sangiovese-based wine from the less prestigious vineyards of the area.

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Price: £49.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti, 1981

Fattoria dell'Ugo

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: £49.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti, 1981

Monte Oriolo Lostriano

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: £49.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti Colli Senesi, 1981

La Muraglia

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: £59.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Chianti Colli Senesi, 1981

Fattoria del Cerro (CLEARANCE OFFER Was £59, Now only £27- Sold only as a Curio/ Novelty from the 1981 Italian vintage)

The 1981 Chianti Colli Senesi exhibits a bright ruby colour which deepens to garnet over time. A fruity nose with black cherry and violets, with a more pronounced character of finesse when the wine undergoes ageing. The palate is balanced, fruity, slightly tannic which is refined over time to a soft velvet taste.

Chianti Colli Senesi is perhaps Chianti's most significant subzone, located on the hills surrounding Siena in the southern part of the Chianti region. The title is used to cover Sangiovese-based wines from the less prestigious vineyards of the area. These wines can be forward and fruity while still exhibiting Chianti's characteristic rustic charm.
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Price: £25.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti Classico, 1981

Pian d'Albola MAGNUM 1.5L

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: £129.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti Classico, 1981

Sagrona e Fante

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
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti Classico, 1981

Villa Cerna

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
Stock: 1 in Stock