1998 Wine and Port Vintage

Italian: Another very good year for Tuscany and Piedmont although some Tuscan producers suffered from poor picking timing during the October rains. Those that picked before or after were rewarded with long living wines but to be sure, pick a Barolo or Barbaresco from Piedmont. The wines are classics and will drink well now or keep for another 10 years or more.
 
Bordeaux: 1998 wine: This year favoured the merlot grape leading to a glorious vintage in Pomerol and St Emillion. This is undoubtedly the greatest vintage for Merlot-dominated wines since 1990 and the quality of the St-Emilions and Pomerols is outstanding being powerful and tannic. The Médoc wines were initially under-rated, but properties with the finest terroirs have produced some excellent high-quality wines that are now showing tremendous promise.
 
Champagne: The 1998 champagne has, over the last couple of years, been re-appraised in an upwards direction. What was always seen as very good year is now regarded as excellent. The wines are ripe, not overly ripe, fleshy but with structure to repay cellaring.
 
Spain: This would have been an exceptional year for Rioja. The weather was mild in winter months with a non frosty Spring offering excellent flowering conditions throughout the summer.Unfortunately the rain hit hard in mid September forcing an early start to the harvest. By October 12th everyone was picking or had picked, but those who picked late saw the benefit of an Indian summer which allowed ripening to continue in excellent conditions until November 3rd. These later-gathered grapes will, it’s hoped make some excellent Reservas.

 
Vintage Port: 1998 port: Not generally declared as a vintage. A small crop produced some good and powerful Quinta Vintage Ports. Colheitas or Single Harvest Ports such as Kopke or Barros would make an excellent alternative for port lovers.

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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: 20 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: 3 in Stock

Kopke Port, 1998

Colheita Port (Includes Kopke gift box as illustrated)

Review:
Garnet color, with a bright nose of pomegranate, strawberries and cherries. Cherry-vanilla flavour that lingers in the 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, the colheita ports are immediately understandable and enjoyable to the novice port drinker and an ongoing pleasure to the experienced.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 31 in Stock

Sandeman, 1998

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
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Taylors 20 Year Old Tawny port, 1998

Tawny Port in Presentation box with 2 Taylor's Spieglau Glasses

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: £44.95
Stock: 5 in Stock

1998 Fonseca Port

Quinta Do Panascal Vintage Port (Single bottle 75cl)

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:
Restrained on the nose, with licorice-like richness beneath; opulent, broad and sweet with fresh berry fruit and a touch of dark chocolate and spicy, peppery tannins on the finish.
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Price: £39.00
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1998 Taylor's

Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port, HALF BOTTLE (37.5cl) (Comes in a Leather Effect Box with Silk Liner as illustrated)

Very typical Taylor's style on the nose, rather reserved, spicy and stylish fruit. Gentle, and a lovely silkiness to at the start. Fine fruit, very stylish composition. Appropriate grip and texture. Lots of tannin evident on a second taste. This is rather good. From a Port Styles tasting. 16.5-17+/20 (Wine Doctor 2007).

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Price: £29.95
Stock: 33 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
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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
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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
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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: 3 in Stock

Barbaresco, 1998

Teo Costa

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: £59.00
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Barbaresco, 1998

Punset

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

Bardolino, 1998

Fabiano

The Bardolino wine is obtained mainly from the grapes of Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and possibly with the addition of other grapes minors. It has a brilliant ruby red colour. It is delicately fruity, with hints of cherry, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, currant and spices (cinnamon, clove, black pepper). It has a great drinkability and an extraordinary ability to match the food.
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Price: £29.00
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Barros Port, 1998

Colheita Port (Comes in original Barros box as illustrated)

The 1998 single harvest Barros reveals an amber colour with a bouquet reminiscent of dried fruits and spice. It is soft and velvety on the palate with a lingering finish.

Having just celebrated their 100th year trading in 2013 Barros Port is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious companies producing and trading in Port. Much of their success comes from Colheita ports – old tawnies from a single year matured in cask for a minimum period of seven years. Their expertise in Colheitas has established them as the stand out producer of this style. Barros leave their Colheita ports to mature in cask until being hand bottled to order.
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Price: £38.95
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Barros Port, 1998

Colheita Port (Comes in a Dark Mocha Leather Effect gift box with Silk Liner)


Amber colour with a bouquet reminiscent of dried fruits and spice. Soft and velvety on the palate with a lingering finish.
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Price: £38.95
Stock: 3 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: £34.95
Stock: 23 in Stock

Blandys Madeira, 1998

Sercial Colheita Madeira (H/Litre, 50cl) Includes gift box as illustrated

***Gold Medal – Decanter 2015***

***Wine Enthusiast 2015 – 96 Points***

***Wine Spectator 2015 – 96 Points***

This Sercial has a clear, golden colour. On the nose, notes of honey, nutmeg and toasted almonds. On the palate, well
balanced and structured acidity giving it a fresh feel that lingers.

Cellarage & Serving
This wine should be stored upright in a dark room with constant temperature, ideally no higher than 16ºC. Decanting isnot necessary, but will help remove any deposit that may have occurred in bottle over time. It has been bottled ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening.
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Price: £45.99
Stock: 4 in Stock

Blandys Madeira, 1998

Verdelho Colheita Madeira (H/Litre, 50cl) Includes gift box as illustrated

***Silver Medal – Decanter 2015***

***Silver Medal – IWSC 2015


This Verdelho has a clear, light golden colour. On the nose, lemon marmalade, lemon grass honey and notes of brandy. On the palate, medium dry, very fresh and vibrant with well-balanced acidity and residual sugar.

Cellarage & Serving
This wine should be stored upright in a dark room with constant temperature, ideally no higher than 16ºC. Decanting is not necessary, but will help remove any deposit that may have occurred in bottle over time. It has been bottled ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening.
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Price: £45.99
Stock: 5 in Stock

Brunello di Montalcino, 1998

Cinelli Colombini

Brunello de Montalcino is one of Italys most famous and most expensive red wines. It is produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, roughly translated as "nice dark one" is the unofficial name of the clone of Sangiovese used in production.
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Chateau Cissac, 1998

Medoc, Cru Bourgeois

Good colour, great legs and nose. Quite nice when opened. Perhaps a trace of liquorice and a hint of 'medicinal' character. After 3-4 hours - quite rich and aromatic with good cherry fruit and a touch of maraschino at the end. Tannins are soft and have integrated completely.
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Price: £39.95
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Chateau Dauzac, 1998

Margaux 5th Growth Classification

The 1998 Chateau Dauzac is now beautifully mature, yet possesses a youthful purity.

Possessing an earthy nose, with notes of coffee, leather, licorice, tar and a good bit of stewed fruit. On the palate, mulling spices and warm fruit, with great notes of leather and tar that make it a great match for pairing with venison or game meats.
The body is on the lighter side of medium, but that is to be expected at its age. Overall, it still feels like it has more years left. Delightfully elegant.
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Price: £36.95
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Chateau Dauzac, 1998

Margaux 5th Growth Classification (Includes dark mocha leather effect gift box as illustrated)

The 1998 Chateau Dauzac is now beautifully mature, yet possesses a youthful purity with an earthy nose of coffee, leather, licorice, tar and a good bit of stewed fruit. On the palate, mulling spices and warm fruit, with great notes of leather and tar that make it a great match for pairing with venison or game meats. The body is on the lighter side of medium, but that is to be expected at its age. Overall, it still feels like it has more years left. Delightfully elegant.
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Price: £39.95
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Chateau Duhart Milon Rothschild, 1998

Pauillac 4th Growth Classification

This dense ruby/purple-colored blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot has filled out nicely during its upbringing in wood. It exhibits a fruitcake, cedar, spice box, plum, black raspberry, and currant-scented bouquet, excellent richness, moderate levels of sweet tannin, fine purity, and a complex style. Produced by the Rothschild's brilliant administrator, Charles Chevalier, Duhart Milon is a wine to watch.
*Robert M. Parker, Jr., he Wine Advocate*
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Price: £69.95
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Chateau Figeac, 1998

Saint Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe

***94 Points, Jeannie Cho Lee***
***90 Parker Points***

The 1998 Chateau Figeac is a stylish, mid-weight effort with an opulent, complex bouquet of licorice, Asian spices, tobacco, and fruit cake. Obvious black currants, smoke, vanillin, and new saddle leather are prominent in the wine's beautifully-knit flavors. This opulent, rich, concentrated, layered, pure, complex 1998 reveals low acidity as well as ripe tannin, suggesting it will be impossible to resist.
*Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate 2001*
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Price: £179.00
Stock: 4 in Stock