Fonseca Port

fonseca-vintage-portFonseca is one of the oldest and largest port shippers. First trading in 1815, the firm recruited Manoel Pedro Guimarãens. In 1822 he set sail for England; by travelling he could avoid persecution in Portugal as an outspoken liberal, and sell wines from London that Fonseca shipped. Manoel juggled a successful business with supporting fellow exiles of civil war. When Maria II emerged victorious, he was rewarded with the title of Knight, then Knight Commander, of the Order of Christ.

Around 1860 Manoel’s two eldest sons joined the firm, now M.P. Guimarãens & Son. Together they acquired the Fonseca trademark from the original owners’ heirs and, almost forty years later, the next generation joined: Frank (Pedro Francis Fladgate Guimarãens) came to Oporto to supervise vintage production. He remained in the position for more than 50 years, and since then the role has been passed to his great-nephew Bruce, then Bruce’s son David, Guimarãens. Fonseca is now owned by Taylor Fladgate but David, the sixth generation of Guimarãens, remains as head winemaker.

They are the only House with a perfect 100 points by critics on not one but four separate vintages in the last century, known globally for their wines’ intensity of fruit, opulence, structure and balance to last for decades. Wine experts praise the House; Robert Parker wrote: “Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and complex port… one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage Ports.” James Suckling also endorsed them, stating that Fonseca are “perhaps the most consistently great of all.”.

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Fonseca Port, 2017

Vintage Port
(6x75cl) DUTY PAID, INCLUDING VAT AND UK DELIVERY
EN PRIMEUR OFFER - DELIVERY END 2019.

6x75cl Case Offered DUTY PAID INCLUDING VAT AND UK DELIVERY

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Tasting Note
A narrow magenta ring around a core of inky purple black. The nose opens with a burst of dark, woodland fruit, dense and succulent, blended with fresher, more vibrant red berry aromas. A slatey minerality holds this exuberant fruitiness in check. At this stage, the nose is still reserved and discreetly aromatic, revealing leafy, balsamic scents and cedary notes of sawn wood. The first impression on the palate, as on the nose, is of tightly packed, dense dark berry fruit, which then explodes on the mid-palate and surges into the long finish.
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Price: $549.79 USD
Stock: 17 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2017

Vintage Port
6 x 75CL Case
In Bond - no duty or VAT En Primeur - Delivery Late 2019

6x75cl Case Offered In bond (no Duty of VAT)

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Tasting Note
A narrow magenta ring around a core of inky purple black. The nose opens with a burst of dark, woodland fruit, dense and succulent, blended with fresher, more vibrant red berry aromas. A slatey minerality holds this exuberant fruitiness in check. At this stage, the nose is still reserved and discreetly aromatic, revealing leafy, balsamic scents and cedary notes of sawn wood. The first impression on the palate, as on the nose, is of tightly packed, dense dark berry fruit, which then explodes on the mid-palate and surges into the long finish.
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Price: $419.89 USD
Stock: 20 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2017

Vintage Port
12 x 37.5CL Case
In Bond - no duty or VAT En Primeur - Delivery Late 2019

12x37.5cl Case Offered In bond (no Duty of VAT)

FOR DUTY PAID PRICES CLICK HERE

Tasting Note
A narrow magenta ring around a core of inky purple black. The nose opens with a burst of dark, woodland fruit, dense and succulent, blended with fresher, more vibrant red berry aromas. A slatey minerality holds this exuberant fruitiness in check. At this stage, the nose is still reserved and discreetly aromatic, revealing leafy, balsamic scents and cedary notes of sawn wood. The first impression on the palate, as on the nose, is of tightly packed, dense dark berry fruit, which then explodes on the mid-palate and surges into the long finish.
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Price: $431.70 USD
Stock: 20 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2017

Vintage Port
(12 x 37.5cl) DUTY PAID, INCLUDING VAT AND UK DELIVERY
EN PRIMEUR OFFER - DELIVERY END 2019.

12 x 37.5cl Case Offered DUTY PAID INCLUDING VAT AND UK DELIVERY

FOR IN BOND PRICES CLICK HERE

Tasting Note
A narrow magenta ring around a core of inky purple black. The nose opens with a burst of dark, woodland fruit, dense and succulent, blended with fresher, more vibrant red berry aromas. A slatey minerality holds this exuberant fruitiness in check. At this stage, the nose is still reserved and discreetly aromatic, revealing leafy, balsamic scents and cedary notes of sawn wood. The first impression on the palate, as on the nose, is of tightly packed, dense dark berry fruit, which then explodes on the mid-palate and surges into the long finish.
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Price: $562.92 USD
Stock: 19 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl (Magnum Format) Bottle Case

A hugely rich and profound Fonseca port. Massive concentration of sweet black fruits, spice then liquorice and chocolate. The finish of this colossus lasts over a minute. Complex and immensely dense. A blockbuster for the long term.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: $203.38 USD
Stock: 15 in Stock
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Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port 300cl (Double Magnum Format) Bottle case

A rare double Magnum Format

A hugely rich and profound Fonseca port. Massive concentration of sweet black fruits, spice then liquorice and chocolate. The finish of this colossus lasts over a minute. Complex and immensely dense. A blockbuster for the long term.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: $446.13 USD
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle

A hugely rich and profound Fonseca port. Massive concentration of sweet black fruits, spice then liquorice and chocolate. The finish of this colossus lasts over a minute. Complex and immensely dense. A blockbuster for the long term.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality, hand-made chocolates.
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Price: $104.91 USD
Stock: 74 in Stock
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Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port 1x37.5cl (Half Bottle Format)

A hugely rich and profound Fonseca port. Massive concentration of sweet black fruits, spice then liquorice and chocolate. The finish of this colossus lasts over a minute. Complex and immensely dense. A blockbuster for the long term.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: $51.11 USD
Stock: 31 in Stock
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Fonseca Port, 2016

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Vintage Port - 6 x75cl
Special Offer | £330 + VAT Duty paid | £396 inc VAT and UK delivery Delivery Mid-May 2019

Vintage Wine and Port has been offered some excess stock from Taylors Fladgate that we are able to sell at en-primeur prices. This offer is open until 28 April or until stock is sold (whichever is earlier).
Only available Duty Paid which is included in the price)

***96-98 Points Wine Advocate-Parker***
*** 98 Points Wine Spectator ***

" The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend that was not quite bottled when seen (set for a week later), but it was the final blend. It was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 99 grams of residual sugar. This Fonseca is remarkably expressive, lifted and gloriously fresh.
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Price: $519.62 USD
Stock: 16 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2015

Guimaraens Vintage Port, Single DOUBLE MAGNUM 300cl bottle, (Price Includes UK DUTY, VAT and UK delivery).

Very Rare Double Magnum Format

Fonseca is to release a 2015 Vintage Port under the Guimaraens label. Managing Director, Adrian Bridge, commented: As Fonseca’s 200th anniversary year, I am delighted that 2015 has produced a Vintage Port of such excellent quality. It will be released as a Guimaraens Vintage with a special commemorative label to mark the occasion.’ He added, ‘The 2015 Vintage Ports are attractive and approachable on the nose but supported by big, firm tannins. The Guimaraens Vintage 2015 will make excellent early drinking but will not disappoint those who prefer to cellar it for the future.
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Price: $379.21 USD
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2015

Guimaraens Vintage Port, 75cl Single Bottle

Fonseca is to release a 2015 Vintage Port under the Guimaraens label. Managing Director, Adrian Bridge, commented: As Fonseca’s 200th anniversary year, I am delighted that 2015 has produced a Vintage Port of such excellent quality. It will be released as a Guimaraens Vintage with a special commemorative label to mark the occasion.’ He added, ‘The 2015 Vintage Ports are attractive and approachable on the nose but supported by big, firm tannins. The Guimaraens Vintage 2015 will make excellent early drinking but will not disappoint those who prefer to cellar it for the future.’ Fonseca’s wine maker, David Guimaraens, remarked: ‘The dry spring and summer produced low yields but the healthiest crop we have seen for many years.
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Price: $64.23 USD
Stock: 40 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2015

Guimaraens Vintage Port, Single MAGNUM 150cl bottle, (Price Includes UK DUTY, VAT and UK delivery).

Fonseca has released a 2015 Vintage Port under the Guimaraens label. Managing Director, Adrian Bridge, commented: As Fonseca’s 200th anniversary year, I am delighted that 2015 has produced a Vintage Port of such excellent quality. It will be released as a Guimaraens Vintage with a special commemorative label to mark the occasion.’ He added, ‘The 2015 Vintage Ports are attractive and approachable on the nose but supported by big, firm tannins. The Guimaraens Vintage 2015 will make excellent early drinking but will not disappoint those who prefer to cellar it for the future.’ Fonseca’s wine maker, David Guimaraens, remarked: ‘The dry spring and summer produced low yields but the healthiest crop we have seen for many years.
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Price: $156.15 USD
Stock: 11 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2015

Guimaraens Vintage Port, Single Imperial 6L bottle, (Price Includes UK DUTY, VAT and UK delivery).

Very rare 6L imperial Bottle

Fonseca has released a 2015 Vintage Port under the Guimaraens label. Managing Director, Adrian Bridge, commented: As Fonseca’s 200th anniversary year, I am delighted that 2015 has produced a Vintage Port of such excellent quality. It will be released as a Guimaraens Vintage with a special commemorative label to mark the occasion.’ He added, ‘The 2015 Vintage Ports are attractive and approachable on the nose but supported by big, firm tannins. The Guimaraens Vintage 2015 will make excellent early drinking but will not disappoint those who prefer to cellar it for the future.
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Price: $523.55 USD
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2013

Guimaraens (MAGNUM 150cl)

In its Bicentenary year Fonseca will release a Guimaraens Vintage Port.
Commenting on the release, Fonseca's Managing Director, Adrian Bridge, noted: "Fonseca started trading on 8th April, 1815. Given Fonseca's undisputed position as a 'first growth' Vintage Port producer, I am delighted that we will be marking this historic event and celebrating the Bicentenary of the house with the release of a textbook Guimaraens 2013 Vintage Port." He added: "Guimaraens Vintage Ports have been made for over a century, drawing on the best produce of Fonseca's own estates in years that produce more supple and early maturing wines.
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Price: $129.90 USD
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2009

Vintage Port IMPERIAL 6lt Bottle

A very rare 6 lt Bottle
Impenetrable black colour. A classic Fonseca nose dominated by an exuberant, hedonistic fruitiness, a powerful redolence of dark dense blackberry and blackcurrant which slowly releases a heady mix of spicy and herbal aromas, seductive notes of coffee and cocoa, hints of prune and wild scents of gumcistus. The thick velvety tannins give the wine a voluptuous density, integrating effortlessly with the sumptuous infusion of blackberry jam, dark chocolate and liquorice which coats the palate. The tannins are also present on the finish which brims with blackberry and blackcurrant flavour.
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Price: $1,305.60 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2008

Quinta do Panascal Vintage Port

The wines of Quinta Do Panascal are rich, with voluptuous fruitiness, mouth filling density and a velvety texture. Being one of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Douro Valley, these ports are a pure expression of the estate’s terroir. These wines are approachable at an earlier stage but still offering the exceptional structure to lay down and enjoy a delicious vintage port for years to come.
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Price: $52.42 USD
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2007

Vintage Port Half bottles 37.5cl

96/100 (Outstanding) Wine journal
94/100 (Outstanding) Wine Advocate

Reviews: "The 2007 Fonseca Vintage Port is opaque purple-colored with a high-class perfume of lavender, Asian spices, pencil lead, incense, and an amalgam of black fruits. On the palate it is voluminous with layered, succulent fruit, outstanding density, and excellent integration of tannin, acidity, and alcohol. The long finish and the wine’s impeccable balance suggest a lengthy evolution and a drinking window extending out to 2045. " Jay Miller, Wine Advocate.

"The nose is quintessential Fonseca, like a riotous party reaching its crescendo in the glass.
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Price: $61.61 USD
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2004

Quinta do Panascal Vintage Port

As well as Fonseca and Guimaraens Vintage Ports, blended from the wines of all three of its properties, the firm also offers rich, velvety single quinta Vintage Ports made entirely from the produce of Quinta do Panascal. These are a pure expression of the estate's terroir.
Like Guimaraens Vintage Ports, they are made in years producing softer more approachable wines which do not need to be cellared for a long time before being enjoyed. Located on the steep right bank of the Távora River, Panascal is one of the most highly reputed vineyards in the Douro Valley. In the words of a local saying, 'From Roncão and Panascal come the finest wines of Portugal'.
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Price: $56.36 USD
Stock: 24 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2003

Vintage port

From the outstanding 2003 vintage and scoring 95+ points.

"Wild aromas, with flowers, blackberries and passion fruit. Full-bodied, massive on the palate. Medium-sweet. The finish goes on for minutes. A mega young Port. Fonseca. What do you expect?." 95-100/100 points. (James Suckling - Wine Spectator - Apr-05)
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Price: $91.79 USD
Stock: 34 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 2003

Vintage Port MAGNUM 1.5L

Rare Magnum format

Fine deep colour with brick red edge. Good depth of nose, sweet and harmonious, some spirit on the nose, rich, soft touches of dark chocolate and cherry (cherry tomato). Harmonious, elegant wine, some fine structure with exciting hints of spice and mint, very focused fruit, soft. A delightful Vintage Port now with good tannins to take it to old age. Appears softer than usual. Closing nose. Big fruit, blackcurrant and blackberry, real intense jams with cocoa notes and firm yet silky tannins. Powerful Vintage Port. Fine ripe fruit, good expression, cherry, a charming character.
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Price: $229.63 USD
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 1997

Vintage Port MAGNUM (1.5 L)

*** 93 Points Robert Parker ***

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: $242.68 USD
Stock: 9 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 1994

Vintage Port (Half Bottle - 37.5 cl)

*** 97 Points - Parker ***

reviews: "One of the most spectacular 1994s, this opaque purple-colored wine is an exotic, flamboyant, ostentatious port. Extremely fragrant and pungent, with a flashy display of jammy cassis, pepper, licorice, and truffles, this port is an attention-grabber. Awesomely rich, and full-bodied, with superb length, richness, and overall balance, it possesses a huge mid-palate, layers of flavor, an unctuous texture, and a blockbuster finish. Everything is in place, with the brandy and tannin well-integrated, even concealed by the masses of fruit and glycerin. This wine will drink fabulously well at age ten, but keep for up to thirty years".
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Price: $85.29 USD
Stock: 7 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 1992

Vintage Port

A magnificent port scoring 97 Parker Points.

Reviews "Fonseca has scored in both the 1991 and 1992 vintages. The 1992 is a majestic young port that should ultimately rival, perhaps even surpass this house's most recent great efforts (1985, 1977, 1970, 1963). This colossal vintage port reveals a nearly opaque black/purple color, and an explosive nose of jammy black fruits, licorice, chocolate, and spices. Extremely full-bodied and unctuously-textured, this multi-layered, enormously-endowed port reveals a finish that lasts for over a minute. It is a magnificent port that will age well for 30-40 years.
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Price: $129.90 USD
Stock: 7 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 1991

Guimaraens Vintage Port (HALF Bottle 37.5cl)

*** 93 points - Robert Parker ***
*** 93 Points - Wine Spectator ***

The 1991 Fonseca Guimaraens is an outstanding example from the very good 1991 vintage. At its glorious peak now it will also continue to develop with further cellaring.

The Guimaraens, named after the late Bruce Guimaraens, is vintage port made in non-declared years. Forward and ready for drinking – a classic example of the silky Fonseca style.

Reviews:
"93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Fonseca has scored in both the 1991 and 1992 vintages. The 1991 Guimaraens is the most impressive bottle I have tasted of this offering.
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Price: $39.30 USD
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Fonseca Port, 1988

Guimaerens Vintage Port (Half Bottle 37.5cl)

The 1988 Fonseca Guimaraens from the very good vintage has a deep red/burgundy colour with a with narrowbrick rim. Rich, jammy fruit bouquet. Aromas of prune and treacle. Some attractive bottle
mature notes coming through. Full, intense palate with firm fresh fruit flavours. Attractive rich, rounded wine with good texture. Firm dark chocolate finish.

In the early 1950’s, the rising demand for vintage ports led Fonseca
Guimaraens to create a second vintage port under the ‘Guimaraens’ label
in ‘non-classic’, or undeclared years. Guimaraens vintage port is
produced from the same three Fonseca quintas in the Cima Corgo which
provide the backbone of Fonseca’s vintage ports in declared years.
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Price: $58.98 USD
Stock: 8 in Stock

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