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1981 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Port: No vintage port was made in 1981. Our recommendation would be for a 1981 Colheita port from 1981. Kopke are renowned for their colhietas and this would make a wonderful gift for a 40th Birthday or Anniversary
 
Italian: The good 1981 Italian vintage produced a large crop of consistent wines. The best examples from Tuscany and Piedmont are now at their peak of their maturity, and will offer a good drinking experience.
 
Bordeaux:


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1981 was a very good vintage for Bordeaux wines that was overlooked in favour of the outstanding 1982 Vinatge. Although July was cool, the fruit ripened well through a warm and dry August and September. The harvest began under good conditions in the very last days of September but was hampered by rain in the first two weeks of October, leading to a dilution of the grape juice. Nevertheless, reliable chateaux still managed to fashion some stylish, classic wines, with medium body and good structure. These would make a great 40 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary.
 
Spain: 1981 was considered one of the great vintages for Rioja, and this wine is at its peak of maturity.

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1981 Madeira

D'Oliveiras Verdelho Madeira

"Aromas of raisin and coffee. Taste corresponds to aromas, but adds fresh mint and nuts. Sweet, but with balancing acidity. Complex.
By far the best of the few Madeiras I have tasted. (92 points)
" Cellar Tracker Review"

Try this medium-dry Madeira as an aperitif or with your main course. It is a perfect accompaniment to smoked ham, smoked salmon and various cooked meats as well as seafood. Try it with cottage cheese, ripened cheeses, nut-like cheeses and hazelnuts.
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Price: $239.14 USD
Stock: 5 in Stock

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Maynard's Port

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40 Year Old Tawny Port
Multiple Award Winner
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*** IWC Gold award Winner ***
*** 90 Points Decanter ***
*** 93 Points Wine Spectator ***

Rated as outstanding by Wine Spectator and receiving the International Wine Challenge gold award, this amazing 40-Year Tawny Port is now available again in the UK through VWP!

Named after the first established English Port wine shipper in Oporto, Walter Maynard, this aged Port has been stored in a barrel for over 40 years until it was bottled for us. Presented in its own gift box, this is a powerful port with complex nuttiness aromas in harmony with spicy notes, warm roasted coffee and cinnamon hints from the long contact with oak wood during the ageing process.
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Price: $84.83 USD
Stock: 57 in Stock

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1981 D'Oliveiras Madeira, 1981

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Sercial Madeira
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Raisins, plums, walnuts and a hint of prunes in this wonderful Madeira. The scent fills the room as soon as it is open. Pouring it into the glass you notice the crystal clear golden brown color with hints of red. You swirl and smell, noticing the raisins and the walnuts. You take a sip, the flavors of raisins and plums fills the front of your mouth, not too sweet. You swish and swallow, the walnuts taking over in the back of the mouth. The taste lingers…
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Price: $182.54 USD
Stock: 32 in Stock

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1981 Kopke Single Harvest Port, 1981

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Colheita Port
Includes original Kopke Gift Box
93 Points - Wine Spectator
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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:
Vibrant amber colour. Complex and perfumed bouquet of dried fruits well integrated with the exuberance of the spices notes. Massively concentrated, powerful, rich and with an incredible depth. A wine of great character and with a delicious and endless finish.
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Price: $134.43 USD
Stock: 71 in Stock

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40 Year Old Burmester

“TORDIZ” Tawny Port
Includes branded Gift Tube
UK Exclusive to VWP

*** Gold Medal at the 2015 International Wine Challenge ***

Bright brown colour, with greenish nuances. Presents a bouquet with intense aromas of dried fruits, delicate spices notes and a sweet touch of honey. In the taste it is full, unctuous and velvety. This wine overflows seduction and an enormous refinement. A feeling that is extended in the long and complex finish.

This 40-year-old wine owes its name, Tordiz, to the confluence of the Torto and Mendiz rivers. It is obtained from wines that have been carefully aged in small oak casks and later blended in a small upstanding oak vat dating from 1864.
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Price: $196.69 USD
Stock: 73 in Stock

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40 Year Old Graham's

Tawny Port
Includes Presentation Tube

Graham's 40 Years Old is made from wines of the very highest quality which, following careful selection, are matured in seasoned oak casks of until their peak of maturity is reached. These are among the most demanding and challenging styles of Port to produce requiring great skill and years of experience from the winemaker and blender. It is essential to strike the correct balance between the delicacy and elegance which results from prolonged cask ageing while retaining the fruit quality which lends this old Tawny its structure and longevity.

Golden amber with a pale green tinge at the rim which denotes great quality and class.
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Price: $182.54 USD
Stock: 25 in Stock

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40 Year Old Kopke

40 Year Old Tawny Port
Includes Kopke Wooden Gift Box
Decanter 2021 Silver Award Winner

***95 Points-cellartracker.com***

Kopke Port is the oldest port house. Established in 1638 by Nicolau Kopke and his son Cristiano, who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League, the House has been run through the generations by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.

Reviews:
Dark tawny with orangey-red highlights. I wouldn't quite call it mahogany in colour, but it's close. Very dark, and lots of brown.
Nose: As is typical, lots of (to me) Madeira-like notes. Some leather, some dark aromatic wood like sandalwood, some apricot, and a bit of spirit.
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Price: $140.09 USD
Stock: 16 in Stock

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40 Year Old Messias

Tawny Port

Very pale amber/tawny/orange colour. Fine and delicate aromas of hazelnuts and candied citrus. Quince marmalade character, delicate in style, with finesse and poise. Seemingly quite dry in style towards the finish (not as obviously rich as some here), and supremely refined.


Bottle Size 75cl
ABV 20%
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Price: $125.94 USD
Stock: 35 in Stock

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Blandys Madeira, 1981

Malmsey Madeira 75cl BOTTLE

Reviews
Deep amber-red in colour; lifted, toasted and singed on the nose, really rather wonderful, this sings from the glass; gentle honeyed sweetness, super-concentrated mid-palate, so pure yet complex too with a toasty-savoury back drop, rich (100g/l residual sugar) but the acidity running through leads to a vibrant finish. Nothing soupy about this: wonderful precision and definition.
Score: 18.5 Richard Mayson, richardmayson.com, January 2019

For 200 years, Blandy’s Madeira has been synonymous with quality Madeira wine. The Blandy’s are unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wine trade to still own and manage their own original wine company.
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Price: $281.59 USD
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Blandys Madeira, 1981

Malmsey Madeira 37.5cl HALF BOTTLE

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Deep amber-red in colour; lifted, toasted and singed on the nose, really rather wonderful, this sings from the glass; gentle honeyed sweetness, super-concentrated mid-palate, so pure yet complex too with a toasty-savoury back drop, rich (100g/l residual sugar) but the acidity running through leads to a vibrant finish. Nothing soupy about this: wonderful precision and definition.
Score: 18.5 Richard Mayson, richardmayson.com, January 2019

For 200 years, Blandy’s Madeira has been synonymous with quality Madeira wine. The Blandy’s are unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wine trade to still own and manage their own original wine company.
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Price: $182.54 USD
Stock: 5 in Stock

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Chateau Bel-Air Lagrave, 1981

Moulis en-medoc
Magnum 1.5L

The Seguin-Bacquey family have owned this nine-hectare Moulis property for over 150 years. The vineyard is planted with 60% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot and 5% petit verdot. The wine spends 18-20 months in oak, between 35% and 50% of which is new.
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Price: $140.09 USD
Stock: 12 in Stock

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Chateau Cos d'Estournel, 1981

St Estephe, 2nd Growth Classification

The 1981 Cos d'Estournel is a deep ruby colour, with a spicy, rich, briery, tightly knit bouquet, this wine is deeper and more promising than the 1983, but relatively light, compact, and lean.

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Price: $267.44 USD
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Chateau Labegorce-Zede, 1981

Margaux

Fully mature Bordeaux. Nose initially of a little green mint though this fades. Some pencil shavings too. Gentle in style. Good Margaux perfume as expected. A classic mature Bordeaux.
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Price: $127.28 USD
Stock: 7 in Stock

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Chateau Langoa Barton, 1981

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St Julien, 3rd Growth Classification

Very easy to drink, soft, and slightly sweet, with no abrasive tannin present, the 1981 Langoa has been fully mature for at least a decade. Now browning at the edges, this wine still has a some soft fruit on the palate
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Price: $182.54 USD
Stock: 11 in Stock

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Chateau Leoville Poyferre, 1981

St Julien 2me Growth Classification

A deep tawny rim with a mahogany core. This has a delightful nose, very good intensity with notes of cooked meats, roasted chestnut, toffee and a touch of marzipan. It smells as if it is from a hot vintage! After five minutes in the glass, it become a little muffled but develops a touch of mint. The palate certainly has more fruit concentration than the 1980, a rounded texture, quite sharp acidity with notes of sour cherry, a touch of leather and a dry, rather gamey, but attenuated finish. Not bad for a 1981
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Price: $233.48 USD
Stock: 12 in Stock

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Chateau Marbuzet, 1981

St Estephe Cru Bourgeois

Chateau de Marbuzet has tons of oaky aromas in the bouquet, a soft, supple fruitiness, and decent length. However, the fruit is beginning to dry out so drink soon.
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Stock: 4 in Stock

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1981

Paulliac 1er Cru Grand Classe

Arman label.

From the good 1981 vintage, this lovely red wine has a spicy bouquet and a crisp fruity flavour with a long smooth finish.
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Price: $672.14 USD
Stock: 11 in Stock

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Domaine de Chevalier, 1981

Graves Pessac-Leogan
Double Magnum (3L)

Excellent complex nose, medium to high intensity, red bell pepper, roasted vegetables, earth and cherry fruit; a full bodied wine with some minerality, excellent fresh acidity and ripe red fruit. Ready to drink now.
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Price: $884.39 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Louis Roederer Cristal, 1981

Champagne

A rare bottle of 1981 Cristal from Louis Roederer

Review From Vinous tasting.
The 1981 Cristal is one of the biggest surprises of the night. Although it is fully mature, the 1981 is fabulous tonight. Hints of roasted almond, orange peel, caramel and spices suggest a fully mature wine, yet the 1981 has a sense of energy and overall symmetry that is impossible to miss. The 1981 won’t last forever, but it is without question one of the most rewarding vintages to drink today. Vinous 2014.

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Price: $813.64 USD
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Penfolds Grange, 1981

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Penfolds Grange Bin 95


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Price: $841.94 USD
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Quevedo, 1981

40 Year Old Tawny port

*** 94 pts Robert Parker ***

This 40 Year Old tawny port from Quevedo... has a colour of golden amber with green hints. Huge complexity of aromas, from nuts, to sweet dried fruits and at a certain point, it smells like honeycomb. On the palate it is thick and intense, with the dried fruit coming along and it never finishes.
Robert parker - Wine Advocate

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Price: $168.39 USD
Stock: 15 in Stock

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Rivesaltes, 1981

Riveyrac Vin Doux Naturel

This is a sweet red wine from the South of France. It is part of a historic collection of marvelous wines, whose aromatic range evokes the heady days of Rivesaltes AOC of the mid 20th Century. Can match perfectly from aperitif to digestif, wonderful with cheese.
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Price: $113.13 USD
Stock: 9 in Stock

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Sandeman Vintage Port

40 Year Old Tawny Port
Decanter 2021 Platinum Award Winner
Comes in Original Gift Tube

Sandeman is a regular Decanter World Wine Awards Gold Trophy winner for its supremely refined tawnies. This has lovely lifted aromas and flavours of chocolate, covered sultanas and orange peel. Seductive and creamy with perfect poise for its age.

Deep and intense, with aromas of vanilla, oak and honey, Sandeman 40 Year Tawny Port has wonderful tasting notes of dried fruits, spices, and nut. Serve chilled to enjoy each layered flavour to the max.

Dark raisin and dried apricot flavours manifest on this immensely dark, old gold hued wine. Enormous concentration, as with the initially, almost painful acidity that comes through the spirit.
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Price: $210.84 USD
Stock: 14 in Stock

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Sizzano, 1981

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Francesco Fontana

The wines Sizzano must be made from grapes coming from the following varieties: Nebbiolo (Span): 50-70%; Vespolina and Uva Rara (Bonarda Novarese) alone or in combination 30-50%. Colour: ruby red with garnet; Bouquet: vinous, typical, with hints of violet, fine and pleasant; Flavour: dry, full-bodied and harmonious with a slightly bitter aftertaste; Aging: "Sizzano": at least 22 months of which at least 18 in wood; "Sizzano Reserve": at least 34 months of which at least 24 in wood.
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Price: $182.54 USD
Stock: 13 in Stock

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Taylor's 40 Year Old, 1981

Tawny Port - HALF BOTTLE (37.5 cl)

Only tiny quantities of this aged tawny port are produced each year, making the wines extremely rare and amongst the most revered in the world.

This 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. This port has very intense and elegant flavours which combine to give a smooth, fine finish.
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Price: $106.06 USD
Stock: 11 in Stock

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