Burmester Port, 2017
Vintage Port in Branded Gift Case
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The Burmester Vintage Port 2017 is loaded with character and enormous ageing potential. From a fully declared year, this port is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, this is warm, lightly textured with minerality and touched by toastiness. The tannins are soft, already well integrated with the floral black fruits. Drink the wine from 2020.
Grape Varieties: Touriga Nacional (50%) and Touriga Franca (50%), from vines more than 25 years old from Quinta do Arnozelo, Douro Superior.
88 Points Mark Squire - Wine Advocate Jul 2019
The 2017 Vintage Port is mostly a 50/45 blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional (Tinta Roriz for the rest) coming in with 102 grams of residual sugar. Like its Kopke sibling, this is all sourced from a single quinta (Quinta do Arnozelo), but it's not labeled as a single-quinta wine. Showing better structure and more concentration than the 2016, this is still a laid-back Port designed for relatively easy and early drinking. It is very ripe, and the finish is appealing. The flavors are fairly dark for this vintage, particularly early on. I'd give the nod to this for structure and depth as compared to last year's version, while the 2016 has more lifted and more expressive fruit—and more freshness. This isn't as bright as most 2017s (like its Kopke sibling, to name one).
This was in bottle about a month when seen, and it has some room to grow. With air, though, it thinned a bit. I was happy, however, to see it shed some of that dark demeanor and become both more expressive and livelier. It seemed a little brighter. It has some chance to improve over the next several years, but it won't be a really long-haul wine. You can and should drink this relatively young or in the mid-term. Long aging won't improve it a lot. While easy drinking is nice and it is certainly enjoyable, a key problem there is that this doesn't come with an LBV price. Indeed, it is priced like a high-end Vintage Port. Bargain hunters might take note of the many fine LBVs in this report, not to mention many well-priced Vintage Ports. There were 9,660 bottles produced.
Tasting notes by the winemaker Carlos Alves
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