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1996 Vintage Report

Italian: 1996 was an outstanding vintage for Italian wines. This is an extremely good year just as the stunning 1997s. In Piedmont, tricky weather all summer yielded to a period of hot and dry weather from mid-September through to mid-October. This enabled the late-ripening Nebbiolo to achieve a classic balance between fruit and structure. The best Barolos and Barbarescos are substantial on the palate and give every indication of a long life ahead. Like Piedmont, Tuscany had a cooler than average summer and this enabled a long, slow ripening of the grapes. The wines are richly aromatic, deeply coloured and abundantly fruity.
 
Bordeaux: The 1996 vintage produced exceptional wines that broke all price records (until the 2000 vintage). The top wines will just about have reached full maturity now but will keep for many more years.

 
Spain: A very good vintage though less fine than the preceding two. Particularly successful in Ribera del Duero, where ripe, relatively friendly wines were made.
 
Vintage Port: Although 1996 was one of the wettest years for port on record, the Douro region produced a large, abundant crop. The year was not declared as a Vintage, however a few good port wines were produced which are noted for being fruity and forward.

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Barros Port, 1996

Colheita Port

Vivid golden colour. Rich and elegant nose, combining the dried fruits aromas with the aromatic wood notes. Soft and silky in the taste, full with ripe figs and sweet flavours. A sensation of depth, in an elegant and distinctive style. Perfect and overwhelming finish. Colheita, or single harvest ports, are aged in the barrel. Contrast this with vintage ports which are aged in the bottle and only have a short drinking window after opening. Colheita ports have had air working on them through the cask during all the years of aging, giving them a open-life of a month or longer. Lighter and more delicate than vintage ports,
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Price: £29.95
Stock: 40 in Stock

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Barros Port, 1996

Vintage Port SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl (Comes in original Barros Box as illustrated)

This is an old Tawny Port from a single year, matured in cask for at least 8 years before bottling. This is a honeyed, raisin-scented nutty Port, elegant and pungent in style, with a full-flavoured, warm palate.
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Chateau Belgrave, 1996

Haut-Medoc, 5th Growth Classification

The 1996 Chateau Belgrave has strong aromas of creme de cassis intermixed with hints of herbs, licorice, damp earth, and barrique jump from the glass of the dense purple-hued 1996.It possesses a supple, fleshy mid-palate, sweet tannin, and fine purity as well as texture.
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Price: £44.95
Stock: 11 in Stock

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Chateau Berliquet, 1996

Les Ailes de Berliquet (2nd Wine of Ch Berliquet)

This wine from the excellent 1996 vintage is a dark ruby/purple-colored offering exhibits dense, saturated, flavorful black cherry notes intermixed with licorice, spice box, tobacco, and earth. Full-bodied, ripe, and concentrated, with moderate tannin and a closed but impressively built personality.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 14 in Stock

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Chateau Cantemerle, 1996

Haut Medoc 5me Cru Classe

Reviews:
"The 1996 Cantemerle has a rather leathery, cigar box-tinged bouquet, autumnal with the Cabernet dominating the aromatics. The palate is foursquare in keeping with the vintage, quite austere towards the tertiary finish. " Neil Martin ERobert Parker 2011
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Price: £58.95
Stock: 12 in Stock

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Chateau Carronne St Gemme, 1996

Haut Medoc

Good Haut Medoc property situated just south of Chateau Lagrange on the fringe of St Julien commune.
Review:
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. Medium finish.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Gruaud Larose, 1996

Saint-Julien

The 1996 appears to be a potential sleeper of the vintage, and may merit an outstanding score. It is a powerful, bulky style of Gruaud-Larose, with a dark ruby/purple color, and plenty of cassis, spicy new oak, and roasted herbs in the jammy nose. On the palate, the wine has lost much of the forward precociousness it was revealing last spring, now boasting loads of tannin in its powerful, muscular flavors. It seemed much softer when I first tasted it, but the wine has put on weight and gained considerable structure. It now appears this husky wine has the potential for long-term cellaring.
Gruaud-Larose was purchased in 1997 by Jacques Merlaut, the well-known proprietor of many other chateaux, including Chasse-Spleen.
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Price: £109.00
Stock: 8 in Stock

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Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal, 1996

Pauillac 5th Growth Classification

Deep crimson in colour, with delicious cassis fruit on the palate, and a balanced vanilla finish. A very fine Pauillac, which given its geographical position alongside Latour and Pichon-Lalande, is surprisingly well-priced.
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Price: £48.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Chateau Langoa Barton, 1996

St Julien, 3rd Growth Classification

Very dark, dense and glossy. Black fruit and violets on the nose. A massive palate; piles of structure, but with plenty of fruit and texture. It has balance and a fresh, elegant fluidity. Quite a classic style, typical of the vintage. Oak has yet to fully integrate. Again, should make a superb wine. Needs five to eight years.
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Chateau Roumagnac la Marechale, 1996

Fronsac, Bordeaux (Comes in as Gift box with accessories as shown

Form the very good 1996 vintage this wine from the Fronsac region of Bordeaux has a simple rustic charm. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot this wine has black fruits, plums and a little spice on the nose. On the palate this is a lighter style of wines with some earthy tannins. A medium finish. A charming wine that would go well with read meats or heavy pasta.
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Price: £32.95
Stock: 10 in Stock

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Chateau Sociando Mallet, 1996

Medoc

87 Points - Wine Journal.
Drink now - 2020

Neil Martin writes of this wine... "Showing fabulously at the turn of the millennium where it displayed great depth and concentration. A more muted response when last tasted blind at Farr's horizontal. Much fresher on the nose with good fruit concentration. Blackberry, cedar, burnt toast, quite complex and well-defined. The palate is quite sweet with bitter cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Moderate tannins with a fleshy finish. Not bad at all. Tasted September 2006." Neil Martin Wine Journal
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Price: £64.99
Stock: 5 in Stock

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Chianti, 1996

Castello di San Polo in Rosso

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: 2 in Stock

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Chianti, 1996

Melini – Borghi d'Elsa

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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Dom Perignon, 1996

Rose

The 1996 Dom Perignon Rose has lost some of its freshness and also developed a more candied profile since I last tasted it about six months ago. Geoffroy describes 1996 as a challenging vintage, especially for the Pinot, which suffered somewhat from the heat and has sometimes shown blowsy characteristics. The 1996 remains a generous, layered version of this wine. The best bottles are drinking beautifully today and have the structure to continue to drink well for at least another decade. In general though, my preference has been to drink Dom Perignon Rose relatively early (within 15 years or so of the vintage) as my experiences with older wines has been decidedly mixed.
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Price: £325.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 1996

Guimaraens Single Quinta Vintage Port MAGNUM

Please note that this is a rare Magnum Format 1.5 Lt

Tasting note: Complex and elegant bottle matured bouquet. Plum and cherry fruit with spicy, aromatic background. Lean, stylish wine with good structure. Fresh, firm finish that holds well.

This big and vibrant port shows excellent notes of dark and ripe, cherry, plum and damson fruit notes. It is the second wine of the renowned Fonseca House and the wine is from an undeclared but very good vintage, 1996, hence the more moderate price tag

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"It is not without reason that Fonseca is described as the Margaux of the Douro; its wines have a femininity and grace that never flatter to deceive.
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Price: £139.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 1996

Guimaraens Vintage Port (CASE OF 6x75cl)

Price is for 6x75cl.

In years when Fonseca does not ‘declare' a classic vintage, it selects the finest grapes from its own vineyards to yield a small quantity of this wine, which is produced exactly as a declared Fonseca Vintage. Beautifully structured and perfectly balanced this is an earlier maturing style than the classic vintage port.

Review:
Complex and elegant bottle matured bouquet. Plum and cherry fruit with spicy, aromatic background. Lean, stylish wine with good structure. Fresh, firm finish that holds well.

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Price: £179.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

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Graham Port

20 Year Old Tawny Port

Graham's 20 Years Old is made from wines of the very highest quality which, following careful selection, are matured in seasoned oak casks of 534 litres 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.

Graham's 20 Years Old represents superlative quality.
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Price: £29.95
Stock: 7 in Stock

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Graham Port

20 Year Old Tawny Port 20cl

Graham's 20 Years Old represents superlative quality. Its principal attributes are great complexity and harmony. With an amber, golden tawny colour, denoting considerable age, Graham's 20 Years Old has an excellent bouquet, with a characteristic 'nutty' character (almonds) and delicious mature fruit with hints of orange peel, exquisitely mellowed by careful ageing. Rich, sweet and smooth on the palate, it is perfectly balanced, with a long and lingering finish. This is an excellent alternative to Vintage Port at less formal occasions and will keep for some weeks after opening.

Graham's 20 Years Old pairs extremely well with nuts, dried fruits and fruitcake, but is also delicious as an accompaniment to vanilla ice cream or creme brulee.
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Price: £9.99
Stock: 15 in Stock

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Graham Port, 1996

20 Year Old Tawny Port (4.5 LT BOTTLE)

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A 4.5LT SPECIAL EDITION

Graham's 20 Years Old is made from wines of the very highest quality which, following careful selection, are matured in seasoned oak casks of 534 litres 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.
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Price: £275.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Marsala, 1996

Florino Superiore

Marsala is one of the world's great fortified wines, made exclusively in and around the town of that name, in the far west of Sicily, southern Italy.

Reviews:
Light amber colour, gentle notes of dried fruit on the nose, sweetness well balanced with a slight tingle of mild acidity and alcohol. Long, soft aftertaste.
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Price: £48.95
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Nebbiolo, 1996

Rivelti Gino

Nebbiolo is a fickle grape famed as much for its pale appearance as for its tannic character and produces some of the most perfumed and richly flavored wines. Though generally only medium-bodied, the wines possess rose and anise scented aromatics and deep flavors of cherry, orange peel and subtle green herb tones.
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Price: £39.95
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Niepoort Port

20 Year Old Tawny

*** 91 points Wine Spectator ***


20 year old tawny ports are blended from a range different wines averaging 20 years. This prolonged ageing in small wooden casks confers the characteristic Tawny colour and imparts a deliciously mellow flavour profile. Niepoort 20 Year Old Tawny is one of the finest examples of this style available, possessing a beautiful balance between sweet primary fruit and developed savoury nuttiness. Brick red-brown in appearance, it displays indulgent aromas of crystallized fruit, dried apricots, hazelnut and toffee. Sweet, intense and velvety smooth, it has exudes a compelling flavour medley that includes assorted nuts, fruit cake, coffee and vanilla.
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Price: £62.95
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Offley Vintage Port, 1996

20 Year Old Tawny Port ( In original thick Carton Box as illustrated)

TTasting notes
With a well-defined tawny hue with orange-like hints, its aroma is intense and complex, with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, exotic wood, cedar, plum and hazel. On the palate, its fine structure and balance between sugars and tannins stand out. the finish is delicate and lingering.

Production method
Hand-picked grapes undergo stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation, under controlled temperature, with skin maceration. The addition of wine alcohol at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine's body and bouquet. Ageing in wooden casks in the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, the final blend results from a selection of wines between 15 and 40 years.
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Price: £34.95
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Ramos Pinto

Quinta Do Bom-Retiro 20 Year Old Tawny

Warm tawny red in colour with an amber hue corresponding to its advanced maturity. The nose is spirited and nervous, with an array of fruit and nut aromas: grapefruit, apricot, almond and hazelnut, spiced with cinnamon, caramel and cocoa and rich vanilla oak. Charming and velvety on the palate, the grace of the first contact is maintained by a complex sequence of ripe and dry fruit followed by a languorous finish.

Enjoy after a cosy dinner with mild cheese that won't overwhelm the finesse of the wine.It can flow together with coffee and conversation afterwards. It should be served at 18º - 20º C.
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Price: £42.49
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Reciotto, 1996

Boscaini - Cà Nicolis

"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: £59.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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