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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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Sandeman

20 Year Old tawny Port SPECIAL OFFER NOW £29.95 (Comes in a 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: £29.95
Stock: 9 in Stock

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Sandeman, 1997

20 Year Old tawny Port NEW PACKAGING

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: 17 in Stock

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Messias Port

20 Year Old Tawny Port- SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl

95 points Decanter

Reviews:
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. 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
(Decanter.com)

*Bottled in 2014
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Price: £28.95
Stock: 36 in Stock

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Messias Port, 1997

Quinta Cachao Vintage Port - SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl

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.

75 cl
20% ABV
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 22 in Stock

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Taylors 20 Year Old Tawny port

Tawny Port SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl (Comes in Taylors Presentation Box as illustrated)

Only tiny quantities of this aged tawny port are produced each year, making the wines extremely rare and amongst the most revered in the world.

This Tawny ports has been aged in oak casks for an average age of 20 years. During their long maturation they become tawny in colour and concentrated in their aromas. This port has very intense and elegant flavours which combine to give a smooth, fine finish.
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Price: £36.95
Stock: 8 in Stock

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Barolo, 1997

Terre del Barolo - Castiglione Falletto

Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods no problem at all.

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Price: £69.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Calem Port

20 Year Old Tawny Port SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl (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: £32.95
Stock: 12 in Stock

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Chateau Dauzac, 1997

Margaux 5th Growth Classification

The 1997 Chateau Dauzac is now showing a little age with a lightness on the rim of the glass. The colour still has a deep red core. The wine has a good, mature nose with typical 1997 grassy, slightly unripe, herbal notes, caramel, vanilla, and old leather. Full taste following the nose, ending rather soon in a tannic, warm finish.
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Price: £38.95
Stock: 5 in Stock

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Chateau d'Issan, 1997

Margaux 3eme Cru

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
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Chateau Gazin, 1997

Pomerol

In the nose black currant, spice, cherries, black currant, fine a bit rustic though. Similar aromas on the palate, medium bodied. Finish medium length. Nice wine
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 7 in Stock

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Chateau Haut Bergey, 1997

Pessac-Leognan

Excellent value Bordeaux of this age. As one might expect, not over the top amazing, but a solid enjoyable wine. Tobacco nose. Still deep red not brick. Not so much fruit left, but some nice cedar and mint. Tannins have softened.
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Price: £34.95
Stock: 11 in Stock

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Chateau Kirwan, 1997

Margaux, 3rd Growth Classification

The 1996 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. There is moderate tannin in the finish,
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 11 in Stock

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Chateau Pavillon Haut Gros Bonnet, 1997

Fronsac, Bordeaux includes Gift box with accessories as shown

Form the very good 1997 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: £29.95
Stock: 19 in Stock

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Chateau Pichon-Longueville, Baron, 1997

Pauillac 2eme Cru Classe

Complex, evolved, mature, cedar, spice box, and black currant aromas emerge from this ruby/garnet-colored offering. Soft, with sweet tannin, spicy oak, and ripe fruit, this is an open-knit, attractive Pauillac to enjoy now. Parker Wine advocate 2000

Parker rating 86/100 Excellent
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Price: £69.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chianti, 1997

Melini

This wine has 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: £29.95
Stock: 8 in Stock

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Churchill's Port, 1997

Vintage Port (Case of 6 x75cl bottles)

Churchills has built an enviable reputation for producing Port Wines of the highest quality, reflected by their impressive performance at comparative tastings.

The 1997
Churchill is a rich, full-bodied, powerful port, it possesses the complexity, richness, and overall dimension typical of this house.
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Price: £440.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Churchill's Port, 1997

Vintage Port

Churchills has built an enviable reputation for producing Port Wines of the highest quality, reflected by their impressive performance at comparative tastings.

The 1997
Churchill is a rich, full-bodied, powerful port, it possesses the complexity, richness, and overall dimension typical of this house.
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Price: £68.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Cockburn Port, 1997

Vintage Port

Cockburn’s Vintage Ports are made both by foot treading in traditional open lagars, and in modern temperature controlled fermenters. Cockburn’s historically has declared vintages less often than other houses, selecting only those years that fit their more elegant style.

Wine Makers Notes 1997 was an excellent year in the Douro Valley. The harvest was one of the longest in living memory: at the far eastern extremities of the Upper Douro, picking began before the end of August and continued until the second week of October.

Press Quotes "Wine of the Week - A classic. Enjoy now or put away for another decade.
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Price: £44.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Croft Port, 1997

Quinta da Roeda Single Quinta Vintage Port

A relatively lighter-styled vintage port from Croft's famous single vineyard. Rich with nutty aromas and well developed dried fruit flavours it is now fully mature and ready for drinking.
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Price: £42.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Dow's Port, 1997

Vintage Port

1997 Dow's displays a dark ruby/purple colour, attractive liquorice, chocolate, and roasted coffee aromas, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a moderately tannic finish. This excellent vintage port should drink well until 2030+

Rating 90 Points Outstanding
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Price: £69.95
Stock: 10 in Stock

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Ferreira, 1997

Duque de Braganza 20 Year Old Tawny ( Comes in original Tube as illustrated)

92 Points Wine Spectator.

This delicious 20-year-old Tawny from the house of Ferreira is a perfectly balanced rendition of the style. Aromas of sweet chai spices, confit of dark fruits and hints of orange peel lead to a sumptuous palate, where the nutty, aged flavors engage with the fresh, fruity bright tones to create one beautiful port. This is a spectacular value

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3 points Wine Enthusiast
Always great, this is softer, less intense than in the past. But there is still great richness, and power as well as smoothness, burnt caramel blending well with the spirit, and finishing with its inimitable fresh acidity.
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Price: £29.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Fonseca Port

20 Year Old Tawny Port

*** 94 Points - Wine Spectator ***

Tasting Notes:
Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny is deep amber in color with russet highlights. Its superb bouquet is a complex marriage of ripe, plummy, mature fruit, warm spicy overtones of cinnamon and butterscotch and subtle oak nuances.

Reviews
94 Points Wine Spectator may 2012. "Intense, powerful and complex, this features heady aromas and flavors of toffee, marzipan, butterscotch and chocolate. Notes of mocha and French roast chime in as well, with a long, glorious finish of dried white fruits and spice."
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Price: £38.95
Stock: 25 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 1997

Vintage Port (HALF BOTTLE 37.5cl)

*** 93 Points Robert Parker ***

Tasting note: Deep inky ruby with a broad red rim just turning to brick at the edge. Generous and seductive nose redolent of blackcurrant and cherry. Dense, luscious black fruit laced with dark chocolate, liquorice and roasted coffee. Exotic herbal and resiny scents emerge an hour after decanting. Later the fruit becomes more luscious and creamier, with rich raspberry jam flavours overlaying the dark fruity base. The full round palate is supported by thick well-integrated tannins and delivers an abundance of luscious chocolate and blackcurrant flavour which lingers into the long velvety finish.
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Price: £44.95
Stock: 14 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 1997

Vintage Port

*** 93 Points Robert Parker ***

Tasting note: Deep inky ruby with a broad red rim just turning to brick at the edge. Generous and seductive nose redolent of blackcurrant and cherry. Dense, luscious black fruit laced with dark chocolate, liquorice and roasted coffee. Exotic herbal and resiny scents emerge an hour after decanting. Later the fruit becomes more luscious and creamier, with rich raspberry jam flavours overlaying the dark fruity base. The full round palate is supported by thick well-integrated tannins and delivers an abundance of luscious chocolate and blackcurrant flavour which lingers into the long velvety finish.
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Price: £84.95
Stock: 4 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: 16 in Stock

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