1997 Vintage Report

Italian: 1997 is undoubtedly a great vintage for Italian wines. Like 1982 and 1990 Bordeaux, it will have its critics because of its extreme style, but if wine is a beverage of pleasure, this vintage offers extraordinary wines.
 
Bordeaux: The 1997 vintage wines are characterised by being attractive, soft, user friendly with broad appeal. They have been quick to mature and, except for the most concentrated wines, should be drunk within the next few years.
 
Vintage Port: 1997 was one of the great port vintages of the decade and marked a general declaration of vintage. The vintage is characterised by full-bodied wines that will be at their best after 2015.

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Kopke Port

Kopke 20 Year Old Tawny 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.

Aged in wood casks until they are completely mature, Tawny ports are a golden color with multi-dimensional layers of aromas and flavors.The domination of Vintage Ports in past years is now challenged by the advantages of the tawnies, especially vintage colheita tawnies for restaurants and retail consumers.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 30 in Stock

Kopke Port

20 Year Old White Port - Half bottle 37.5cl 20% ABV (Presented in Kopke wooden 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:
This rare 20 year old white port has a cool, light-amber color, this unique white “tawny” port derives from the traditional white grapes of the Porto e Douro region, including Arinto, Viosinho, Gouveio and Malvasia Fina.
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Price: £34.85
Stock: 11 in Stock

Sandeman, 1997

20 Year Old Tawny Port (Comes in original Sandeman gift tube as illustrated)

A rich yet elegant combination of flavours - dried apricots, honey, nuts, spices, vanilla - creates an endlessly complex wine that unfolds smoothly and develops in the mouth.

Sandeman Porto Tawny 20 Years Old is produced by the traditional Porto Wine method. The hand-picked grapes undergo stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation, under controlled temperature, with skin maceration so as to extract the best components. The addition of wine alcohol at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine´s body and bouquet. This moment is chosen by the winemaker following strict control of fermentation temperatures and densities, the later depending on the vine variety, maturation stage and the final sweetness required.
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Price: £34.90
Stock: 1 in Stock

Taylors 20 Year Old Tawny port

Tawny Port (Comes in Taylors Presentation Box as illustrated)

The Taylor's 20 Year Old Tawny displays an intense amber tawny colour. It reveals an opulent and voluptuous nose of complex spicy, jammy and nutty aromas, hints of orange flower and a fine oakiness coming from the long period of aging in cask. The palate is full of very rich and concentrated flavours and has a long mellow finish.

This Tawny port has been aged in oak casks for an average age of 20 years. During its long maturation it becomes tawny in colour and concentrated in its aromas. This port has very intense and elegant flavours which combine to give a smooth, fine finish.

Serving Suggestions:
It is an excellent accompaniment to many desserts.
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Price: £36.95
Stock: 22 in Stock

1997 Bordeaux Duo

2x Chateau d'Issan & Chateau Haut Bergey (Both wines come in leather effect double gift box as illustrated)

This fabulous wine selection from the good 1997 vintage is the perfect gift for an old world wine lover. It comprises of 2 bottles of fine red Bordeaux wine beautifully presented in a double leather effect gift box with silk liner.

1997 Chateau D'Issan, Margaux-3eme Cru Classe
An elegant, dark plum-colored effort, this 1997 reveals sweet cranberry, black cherry, licorice, and floral aromas. Medium-bodied, ripe, and round, with low acidity, it is a lovely, stylish, soft wine.

1997 Chateau Haut Bergey, Pessac Leognan
Excellent value Bordeaux. As one might expect, not over the top, but a solid enjoyable wine.
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Price: £107.85
Stock: 1 in Stock

1997 Vintage Port- The Symington Family Collection Triple Gift Set

3x75cl, 1997 Graham's, Dow's and Warre's Vintage Ports

An outstanding ultra premium three bottle vintage Port Collection from the exceptional 1997 vintage. Offering three bottles of the best ports produced by the Symington Family Estates; 1997 Graham's, Dow's and Warre's vintage ports.
An ideal gift for any port lover celebrating a 20 Year Old Anniversary or birthday in 2017. All three ports come beautifully presented in a triple stained gift box with silk liner as illustrated.

Reviews:

1997 Graham's Vintage Port
“Blackberries, liquorice, and melted asphalt stand out in this full-bodied, beautifully made vintage ports moderately intense bouquet…it is full-bodied, rich, concentrated and impressive.
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Price: £195.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

20 Year Old Calem

Tawny Port (Comes in original Calem gift box as illustrated)

Cálem 20 Years Old has been aged in small oak casks for an average 20 Years. It has an orange-tawny colour with tinges of green- characteristic of ageing in wood. It has a complex bouquet of almonds and citrus and on tasting it is smooth, silky and light with lots of finesse. Ideal on its own or with patés, cream cheeses and fruit tarts.
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Price: £34.95
Stock: 10 in Stock

20 Year Old Graham's

Tawny Port (Includes Graham's Gift Tube as illustrated)

***92 Points critics' Score, Aggregated***

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.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 23 in Stock

20 Year Old Offley

Tawny Port ( Includes original thick Carton Box as illustrated)

Tasting 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
Stock: 9 in Stock

20 Year Old Ramos Pinto

Quinta Do Bom-Retiro Tawny Port (Half Litre, 50cl)

**93 Points- Wine Enthusiast, Jan. 2016**


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.
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Price: £34.49
Stock: 4 in Stock

20 Years of Caves Messias Port Deluxe Gift Set

2x75cl, 1997 Messias Vintage Port and Messias 20 Year Old Tawny Port

This is a lovely port gift set celebrating 20 years in 2017 and comprising of a bottle of 1997 Messias Quinta Do Cachao vintage port and a Messias 20 Year Old tawny port. Both wines come beautifully presented in a mahogany double deluxe gift box with wine accessories as illustrated.

Reviews:
1997 Messias, Quinta do Cachao Vintage Port
Very dark red almost black colour. The nose give a lot of intensity, jammy red bursts with red plum aromas. The palate is full, intense, rich, sweet with a lot of soft tannins and a good balance between sweetness and alcohol. Very lingering finish, robust and sweet.
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Price: £84.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Balvenie, 1997

15 Year Old Sherry Barrel Aged Single Malt Scotch Whisky (In original gift tube as illustrated)

The Balvenie has a nose of dense Christmas cake with icing, full of sticky, syrupy dried fruits, cherries, finely chopped nuts and grated nutmeg. Flamed orange peel, ginger, a hint of struck match (but only very subtle in the sample we tasted), fresh orange segments and plums develop. On the palate it displays a big old fashioned Sherry matured character, more bread-like fruitcake, malt loaf and nutty Oloroso. Slightly bitter and rum-like leading to a finish of spicy fruitcake with cocoa.
Overall, a classic Sherry matured whisky, really top stuff.
***Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt***

Unveiled in 2014,
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Price: £185.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Barbaresco, 1997

Contratto - Alberta

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: 1 in Stock

Barros Port

20 Year Old Tawny Port

The 20 year old Barros port is a true Portuguese tawny port with a fine, delicate nuttiness. The extended barrel maturation has produced a wine with complex flavours that show subtle 'fruitcake richness'.
It has a flavour of raisins, prunes, cherries a little cinnamon. The mouth feel is quite light, approachable and drinkable. The finish is very long - this is an excellent wine.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 25 in Stock

Chateau Cantemerle, 1997

Haut Medoc 5me Cru Classe

The 1997 Cantemerle is medium dark ruby with amber at the edge. The wine is now mature but still has a cedary, spicy, black fruit character. In the mouth, there is a sense of fatness. stringent tannins in the finish with a taste of fruit.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau d'Angludet, 1997

Margaux Cru Bourgeois

The 1997 performed freakishly well in my tastings. It reveals a deep purple color, and gobs of chewy, fat, blackberry and mocha-tinged cherry fruit. An opulent 1997, it possesses superb fruit purity, medium to full body, low acidity, and a seductive, fleshy personality. This wine is a sleeper of the vintage.
*Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate*
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Price: £32.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Haut Bergey, 1997

Pessac-Leognan

Excellent value Bordeaux of this age. As one might expect, not over the top, but a solid enjoyable wine. Still deep red colour. Tobacco nose. Some fruit still left, however cedar and mint dominate the taste. The tannins are soft and rounded.
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Price: £38.95
Stock: 7 in Stock

Chateau Kirwan, 1997

Margaux, 3rd Growth Classification

The 1997 Kirwan is a highly-extracted, rich, medium-bodied wine with a deep ruby/purple colour, and ripe cassis fruit intermixed with a touch of new oak, prunes, and spice. The wine has come together nicely since I first tasted it from cask. It appears to be an excellent, nearly outstanding effort.
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

Chateau La Clotte, 1997

St Emilion

Strong dark ruby. Good viscosity. Nose is shy but does yield up faint scents of dark berry fruit. Quite tannic but drinkable, The nose and mouth are composed of all secondary components and there is plenty of life here.
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Price: £29.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

Chateau Labegorce-Zede, 1997

Margaux

The 1997 Château Labégorce-Zédé displays a clear medium intesity ruby red colour slowly turning into garnet. It reveals a maturing nose of tobacco, dark fruit and an herbal note. The palate is spicy with vanilla tones, high tannin, medium acidity and medium+ length. A nice claret.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 12 in Stock

Chateau Latour, 1997

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

*** 90 Points Robert Parker ***

"The 1997 Latour will be a surprisingly fine wine, as well as one of the longest lived offerings of the vintage. It possesses lots of tannin and depth, along with medium to full body, and a textured, multidimensional personality. Sweet, jammy fruit is intertwined with dried herbs, coffee, and earth in this saturated ruby/purple-colored wine. The finish lasts for 20 seconds, a positive sign for a 1997. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2018." Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 1999
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Price: £425.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti Colli Senesi, 1997

Caulio - Pietraserena

This 1997 Caulio - Pietraserena has the typical characteristics. Exhibiting 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.
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Price: £49.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Chianti Classico, 1997

San Giusto Rentennano - Riserva

This 1997 San Giusto Rentennano - Riserva is characterised by the wines rich ruby red colour that turns to garnet with time. Aromas of red and black cherry entwined, 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: 4 in Stock

Chianti Classico, 1997

Berardenga - Fattoria Felsina

1997 Berardenga - Fattoria Felsina is characterised by the wines rich ruby red colour that turns to garnet with time. Aromas of red and black cherry entwined, 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: £59.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Chianti Classico, 1997

Castello di Fonterutoli - Mazzei

1997 Castello di Fonterutoli - Mazzei is characterised by the wines rich ruby red colour that turns to garnet with time. Aromas of red and black cherry entwined, 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: £59.00
Stock: 1 in Stock