Bordeaux: 2008 Wine: This Vintage produced wines have good balance with ripe, fine grained tannins, refreshing acidity and a real sense of 'terroir'. The yields were generally low overall but quality is good to excellent.
2008 was a year of particularly changeable weather. Following a cool and wet Spring which included some late frost, the weather finally began to improve in June with the vegetative cycle already two weeks behind. July was dry and sunny, although it was easy to forget this by the end of a dull, grey August which called for careful vineyard management. August was compounded by a lack of sunshine in the first half of September which seemed to herald a difficult vintage.The vintage was saved by magnificent Indian summer that began on 14th of September and continued through until the 20th of October. Because the vines flowered late, and July had been warm, the grapes began this period of Autumn sun in much better condition than in 2007, attaining full ripeness and acquiring better concentration of sugars, tannins and acid.
Overall, a good to excellent vintage.
Port: 2008 Port: An excellent vintage for ports and had it not come so soon after the outstanding 2007 vintage, may have been declared. The quality across the board is on a par with 2008 with the majority of the 2008’s possessing great color extraction. The best however, exhibit finely tuned tannins, crisp acidity and fresh, concentrated wild berry flavours.
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Pessac Leognan, Includes FREE Deluxe Gift Box with Accessories (SPECIAL OFFER was £39.95, now £29.95)
This excellent value Bordeaux from the 2008 has a taste of earthy red cherries, tobacco, moderate chocolate notes, and even a bit of pencil lead. Dusty tannins, bright acidity, and decent structure. Palate turned a bit more towards blueberries and fleshier with air.
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Fonseca Guimaraens Vintage Port (Special offer was 34.95 now 29.95)
Very deep purple black with violet highlights. As would be expected of a Guimaraens Vintage Port, the first impression on the nose is of a powerful detonation of blackberry, cassis, strawberry and woodland fruit. These exuberant berry aromas are seasoned with notes of coffee, treacle and spice and surrounded by a fragrant balsamic aura of gumcistus and mint. The intense fruit flows through the palate like a thick blackcurrant coulis. The palate is supported by a taut fabric of closely woven tannins and the long finish resounds with a final blast of sumptuous ripe berry flavour.
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A bottle of Taylor 2008 and Fonseca 2008 Vintage Port in a double gift box (Special Offer was £90.85, now £73.95)
Please note that the double gift box differs from the one pictured and now come without accessories.
A fabulous vintage port gift from the excellent 2008 port vintage.
Taylor's Vintage Port - This Single Quinta Release from Taylors Flagship estate of Quinta de Vargellas displays the density and concentration typical of the year as well as the elegance and finesse which are the hall mark of the estate.
Tasting note: Inky Black with a purple rim. Compact and stylish nose, with intense aromas of black current and wild berries wrapped around a dark nucleus of liquorice and treacle. This dense backdrop is overlaid with subtle notes of tea, …
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A very dark wine, with a deep, concentrated nose, with peculiar notes of cola-caramel backed up by sherbetty, cherry fruit. These unusual characteristics may well be temporary, though. Good texture on the palate, quite fresh although rounded and creamy, but it still has that cola quality to it. The tannins are nicely covered. Plummy, sweet, slightly confected finish. It has the substance to drink well; if the unusual aromatics resolve this could be good. - Wine Doctor
Stock: 12 in Stock
Dark inky crimson color. Black cherry, raspberry, Medium-bodied, currant and graphite flavors. Nice finish. Openend very well after two hours.
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Pauillac 5me Cru Classe
*** 96 Points - Robert Parker ***
*** 94 Points - Wine Journal ***
"A wine for our children’s children. Nobody in Bordeaux is more attentive to detail than Alfred Tesseron is at Pontet-Canet. Fashioned from incredibly low yields, a very late harvest, and a Draconian selection, the 2008 will not be close to drinkability for at least a decade, and it should still be in superb form circa 2060. An absolutely amazing effort, it boasts an inky/black/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of creme de cassis, graphite, charcoal, and incense, blockbuster depth, and full-bodied power. …
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Margaux, The second wine of Chateau Margaux
89 Points Wine Journal
Reviews "Bottled in June, the Pavillon is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. It has a very natural, almost understated nose with dark berried fruit, a touch of mulberry and crushed stone. Fine delineation. This is a tensile Pavillon, crisp acidity on the entry, slightly hard tannins at the moment, touches of blackberry and raspberry leaf. A little short and pinched on the finish at present, but it should soften with time. Fine. Drink 2012-2020." Neil Martin Wine journal
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Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port (Special offer was £38.95 now £36.95)
This Single Quinta Release from Taylors Flagship estate of Quinta de Vargellas displays the density and concentration typical of the year as well as the elegance and finesse which are the hall mark of the estate.
Tasting note: Inky Black with a purple rim. Compact and stylish nose, with intense aromas of black current and wild berries wrapped around a dark nucleus of liquorice and treacle. This dense backdrop is overlaid with subtle notes of tea, rose petal, tyme and exotic wood with an attractive grapy freshness emerging as the nose develops. As usual with the Vargellas, the nose shows exceptional purity and resolution but is seductive in its complexity. …
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