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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.

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Kopke Port, 1981

Colheita Port

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.

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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: £69.50
Stock: 5 in Stock

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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: 45 in Stock

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Barbaresco, 1981

Cavallotti

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: £99.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Barbaresco, 1981

Flli. Rocca

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: £99.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Barros Port, 1981

Colheita Port (Comes in a 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: 9 in Stock

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Biondi Santi, 1981

Brunello de Montacino Reserva

This is a Biondi Santi Reserva produced in exceptional years and limited to a release of 500 cases.

Graphite, cherry, tar and truffles on the brilliantly complex and intriguing nose. Palate is not quite up to the same level depth wise, but it is still very good with excellent balance and a long finish.

Biondi Santi reserva wines should be opened (but not decanted) about 6 hours prior to serving. Then double decanted.
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Price: £275.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Ausone, 1981

St Emilion Grand Cru Classe

This medium ruby wine is slightly closed, but still exhibits ripeness of fruit. Lots of tannins, this is a medium weight wine with good concentration.
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Price: £295.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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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: £79.95
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Chateau Duhart Milon Rothschild, 1981

Pauillac 4th Growth Classification

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"All of the Lafite domains were successful in 1981. Quite backward in development, this deep ruby colored wine has an attractive bouquet that suggests crushed black currants, fresh leather, and new oak. Relatively big, quite tannic, concentrated, astringent, and dry in the finish" Robert Parker, Wine Advocate. 1998
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Price: £89.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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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: 7 in Stock

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Chianti, 1981

DOC - Casignano

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: 2 in Stock

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Chianti, 1981

DOC - Vagnoni

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: £39.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Chianti, 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
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Chianti, 1981

Fattoria del Cerro

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: 5 in Stock

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Chianti, 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

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Chianti, 1981

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: £39.00
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D'Oliveiras Madeira, 1981

Verdelho Madeira

"Aromas of raisin and coffee. Taste corresponds to aromas, but adds fresh mint and nuts. Sweet, but with balancing acidity. Complex.
By far the best of the few Madeiras I have tasted. (92 points)

Near perfect with tiramisu and desserts made with cream and dried fruits.
" Cellar Tracker Review"

*Bottled in 2016
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Price: £79.95
Stock: 5 in Stock

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Montepulciano, 1981

Avignonesi

Montepulciano is a red wine grape variety grown widely in central Italy, most notably its eastern Abruzzo, Marche and Molise regions. The variety was named after the Tuscan parish of Montepulciano, but, confusingly, is not used in the famous wines produced there (see Vino Nobile di Montepulciano). Globally appreciated for their soft flavors, strong color and gentle tannins, Montepulciano wines are typically best consumed in their youth and with food. The deep-purple juice of Montepulciano grapes is used in varying proportions to produce wines under roughly 50 of Italy's DOC and DOCG titles. Although sometimes used on its own,
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Price: £59.00
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Nebbiolo, 1981

Secondo La Morra

Nebbiolo, renowned for is longevity, is considered the premiere varietal of northwestern Italy. It is used for the Famous Barolo wines and is believed to have been cultivated in the Langhe district before the fourteenth century.Nebbiolo-based wines, acid and astringent in youth, evolve with maturation into some of the most well-structured, longest living, and richly scented wines.
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Price: £69.95
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Regaleali, 1981

Sclafani Bagni Del Conte Tasca D'almerita

This lovely red wine from Sicily displays a light brick red colour with aromas of sour cherries and red berries. The nose follows through in the palate, the tannins are soft with high acidity and a medium finish.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Rioja, 1981

Rioja Gran Reserva, Bodegas Rioja Santiago

This Rioja from the 1981 vintage has aged gracefully into a classic old Gran Reserva Rioja, with a garnet and mahogany colour, mellow aromas of coffee, leather and saddle leather, and a long, elegant and drying finish.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Rioja, 1981

Rioja Gran Reserva, Monte Velaz, Bodegas Velaz

This Rioja from the good 1981 vintage has aged gracefully into a classic old Gran Reserva Rioja, with a garnet and mahogany colour, mellow aromas of coffee, leather and saddle leather, and a long, elegant and drying finish.
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Rioja, 1981

Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza

This rioja Cosecha from the good 1981 vintage has aged gracefully into a classic old gran reserva Rioja, with a garnet and mahogany colour, mellow aromas of coffee, leather and saddle leather, and a long, elegant and drying finish.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 5 in Stock

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Rioja, 1981

Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza Bodegas Bilbainas

This Rioja Cosecha from the good 1981 vintage has aged gracefully into a classic old Rioja, with a garnet and mahogany colour, mellow aromas of coffee, leather and saddle leather, and a long, elegant and drying finish.
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Price: £46.95
Stock: 8 in Stock

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Rioja, 1981

Marques de Caceres Crianza

Straight out of the bottle this sample showed tar, rosepetals, dried flowers, feminine, fresh and perky. Reddish brown colour, bright and translucent. After some aeration blood and rusty iron notes emerge and the finish is marked by 'old acidity'.
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Price: £39.95
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