1940 Wine and Port Vintage

1940 was a very good year for Bordeaux, but wines are in very short supply.
The French, took great care of their vines during the wartime era; the damage in general was substantially less than during the war of 1914-18 and was extensive only in Alsace, around Colmar. The town of Chablis was badly hit in 1940, but the vines escaped injury. a few chais(wine-making plants) and cellars in Bordeaux were wrecked by Allied bombings; the village of Comblanchien on the Côte d'Or was burned to the ground by the Germans in 1944.



Furthermore, France was exceedingly fortunate in the matter of weather during the war. Never, certainly, in the last half century have the French vineyard districts known a comparable succession of dry summers or a higher average of good or creditable vintage years.


Lastly, of course, the French did an extraordinary job of hiding and protecting their stocks, walling up portions of their cellars, burying their more precious bottles, bilking, cheating, duping, and deceiving the Germans on every possible occasion and in every possible way
Vintage Port: In Portugal, the Tawny (Colheita) Ports that were produced are drinking well. 1940 ports produced a small crop.
 
Bordeaux: Most of France was hit hard by the German Occupation from 1940 to 1944, but down in Bordeaux the wine business thrived. 1940 was a classic year that marked the end of a poor run of vintages during the late 1930s. Some of the best wines of the century originated from the war years. The long hot summer of 1940 produced well-rounded wines that have withstood the test of time.
 

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Palmer Port, 1940

Single Harvest White Tawny Port
50cl Bottle

1940 Colheita Port - 50cl Bottle. Exclusive to VWP.
This rare port-wine has been stored in seasoned oak casks since the 1940 harvest until it was bottled this year.

Tasting Notes: The 1940 Port from Palmer has a light oak colour with a verdant edge on the rim highlighting a colheita of exceptional age and quality. Much elegance on the nose with orange peel, walnuts, figs and a touch of honey. On the palate there is a lightness that is balanced by a good acidity. This port wine delivers a beautiful flavour supported by a long, long finish. Outstanding.

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The wine is ready to drink and does not require decanting.
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Price: $668.68 USD
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Barbaresco, 1940

Minuto

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: $506.58 USD
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Baron de Lustrac, 1940

Vintage Armagnac

Special Order please allow 10 days for delivery.

Baron de Lustrac is a small traditional éleveur specialising in fine old Armagnac vintages. Their extensive range is sourced from neighbouring estates in the Tenereze and Mas Armagnac regions and they keep an ageing and bottling chais near Magnan, in the Bas Armagnac region.

All Baron de Lustrac Armagnacs are aged in 420ltr oak barrels and sold as single vintages. The grapes used are all harvested from the one particular year, and will only be distilled if the conditions were particularly good. Perfect for big birthdays or as a special drink for the connoisseur as they truly are a fine example of the very best Armagnacs around.
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Price: $1,749.38 USD
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Chateau Margaux, 1940

Margaux 2me Cru Classe (Half Bottles 37.5cl)

Harvested during the war when France was defeated. The records show that this was a fair year for the harvest and few bottles remain.
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Price: $398.51 USD
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Chateau Margaux, 1940

Margaux 2me Cru Classe (Half Bottles 37.5cl) - mid shoulder

Harvested during the war when France was defeated. The records show that this was a fair year for the harvest and few bottles remain.
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Price: $371.49 USD
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Massandra, 1940

Massandra AYU-DAG CAHORS Sothebys Massandra Collection
(Includes Original Box as illustrated)

Sothebys Massandra Collection

The wineries in Massandra were built during the reign of Czar Nicholas II. During the process, wine caves containing thousands of bottles were constructed beneath the city. This “personal wine cellar” of the Czar contained tens of thousands of bottles. These caves survived the Russian Revolution, both World Wars, the fall of Communism, and Yakov Smirnoff. In 1990, about 13,000 of these bottles – never before available in the West – were put to auction
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Price: $709.21 USD
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Taylors 80 years of tawny port, 1940

Two bottles of 40 year old Taylor's tawny port presented in a Taylors gift box with two glasses.

A wonderful gift for a 80th Birthday or Anniversary.

This double gift box contains two 75cl bottles of Rich Tawny Port:

This lovely 40 year old has a wonderful tawny colour and is fragrant with a vivid roast almond and summer fruits flavour. It is full of personality, has a lively richness and a mouth watering finish.

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Price: $336.37 USD
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Taylors 80 years of tawny port, 1940

Two bottles of 40 year old Taylor's tawny port presented in a double leather-effect box

A wonderful gift for a 80th Birthday or Anniversary.

This double gift box contains two 75cl bottles of Rich Tawny Port:

This lovely 40 year old has a wonderful tawny colour and is fragrant with a vivid roast almond and summer fruits flavour. It is full of personality, has a lively richness and a mouth watering finish.

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Price: $336.37 USD
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Taylor's 80 Years of Tawny Port Gift

Two HALF Bottles of Taylor's 40 Year Old Tawny Port (Presented in a Double Leather Effect Gift Box)

80 years of port gift.
A great gift for an 80th Birthday celebration. Two half bottles of delicious Taylor 40 Year old Tawny Port presented in a double gift box.

This beautiful Tawny port has been aged in oak casks for an average age of 40 years. During their long maturation they become tawny in colour and concentrated in their aromas. The port has a medium tawny colour and is fragrant with a vivid roast almond and apricot flavour. It is full of personality, has a lively richness and a mouth watering finish.
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Price: $214.79 USD
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Cossart Gordon Madeira, 1940

Sercial Madeira

A bottling of Madeira from the 1940s from Cossart, the oldest company in the Madeira wine business.
Sercial is the name of a white grape grown in Portugal, especially on the island of Madeira. It has given name to the dryest of the four classic varieties of Madeira fortified wine.

The anglicised name Sercial came to be associated with the Madeira style rather than the grape variety, being the lightest, most acidic and delicate expression of Madeira that takes the longest to mature.
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Price: $918.60 USD
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Dalva, 1940

Finest Reserve Tawny Port

Bottled 1973.

Tawny Port is made from premium blends of wines, sourced from the best vineyards that have been aged for years in oak casks. This art of blending, more than a technique, is steeped in centuries of old traditions passed down from one generation to another, as the “house style” of each Port wine family company.
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Price: $601.14 USD
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Graham's Port, 1940

New

Single Harvest Tawny Port

Graham's, the port company owned by the Symington family, has announced the release of a Single Harvest Port from 1940. The launch of the “extremely rare” Graham's 1940 Single Harvest pays tribute to three generations of master blenders, who have tended to the wine over eight decades.

This wine pays tribute to three generations of Master Blenders who contributed to its prolonged ageing in the cellars. Across eight decades, generations of Master Blenders have left their mark on this extraordinary 1940 Single Harvest Tawny Port.

As the first grapes of the 1940 vintage were being picked in the peaceful Douro Valley in late September,
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Price: $1,195.52 USD
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