1981 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Port: Our recommendation would be for a Colheita port from 1981.
 
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: 1981 was a very good vintage for Bordeaux wines. 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 38 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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1981 Barbaresco

Tenuta Carretta - Poderi Bordino

Nice bright crimson. Nose of cherries, cigar box and leather. Full body with good acidity and long tannin finish. A very nice wine ready to drink now.

Pair this wine with rich meat focused dishes like braised short ribs, beef roasts, lamb or veal chops. Here you'll find that the smoke and earthy qualities of the wine are complemented by the dish. Feathered game, such as duck, goose, partridge, or quail are also excellent.
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1981 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1981

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St Julien 2eme Cru Classe
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This Léoville-Barton Barton 1981 red wine is a fine mature claret with an impressive freshness. Excellent ruby color with subtle aromas of cherry and green tobacco. This wine shows vivid fruit flavors with mineral undertones and a fine silky texture of tannins. Delicious now
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Barolo, 1981

Cossetti Clemente

Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods no problem at all.
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Brunello di Montalcino, 1981

Fattoria Valdicava

Brunello de Montalcino is one of Italys most famous and most expensive red wines. It is produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, roughly translated as "nice dark one" is the unofficial name of the clone of Sangiovese used in production.
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Chateau Batailley, 1981

Pauillac, 5th Growth Classification

The Chateau Haut Batailley from the 1981 wine vintage has a smoky, cassis, cigar-box nose. Very classic, traditional Pauillac. Palate is well-structured with good balance in an austere style. Firm tannins. Still vigorous with a cedary finish. Moderate length.


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Chateau Clerc Milon Rothschild, 1981

Pauillac 5th Growth Classification


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Chateau Cos d'Estournel, 1981

St Estephe, 2nd Growth Classification
Magnum (150cl)

The 1981 Cos d'Estournel is a deep ruby color, with a spicy, rich, briery, tightly knit bouquet, this wine is deeper and more promising than the 1983, but relatively light, compact, and lean. Served from Magnums this wine will be fresher than a 75 cl bottle.

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Chateau de Lacaze, 1981

Bas Armagnac

The Chateau de Lacaze was distilled in 1981 it was then shipped in cask to the United Kingdom two years later where it was stored in damp cellars, perfect for slow ageing. Bottled 23 years later it is a smooth spirit with dark chocolate and vanilla aromas and hint of lavender, marzipan and spices.
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1981

PESSAC LEOGNAN

Very complex, mature, well balanced and refined with classic earthy perfume of sweet ripe fruit, cigar box,a velvety mouthfeel and a long finish.
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Chateau Margaux, 1981

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Margaux 1er Grand Cru Classe

The 1981 Chateau Margaux is probably the best wine from a difficult vintage.

95 points Wine Spectator
The other wine of the vintage. Seriously powerful with fabulous color and mint, cassis and berry aromas and flavors. Has a full body and is tannic; still needs time to come around. (10/1994)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In weight and texture, the 1981 Margaux is closest in style to the 1979. It is an outstanding wine, even in the company of the monumental wines of 1982, 1983, and 1986, although it does not have the power and weight of these vintages. It is still very dark ruby/purple-colored.
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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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Chateau Troplong Mondot, 1981

St Emilion Grand Cru

A good wine from a difficult vintage. Remarkably these wines still have a dark colour, powerful bouquet with notes of black fruit and is generous and ample on the palate with an attractive texture, while still displaying pleasant spicy aromas. Wonderful.
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Chianti, 1981

La Torre alle Tolfe

This is an Italian red wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Chianti, 1981

Fattoria Inalbi

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Chianti, 1981

Fattoria Casabianca

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Chianti, 1981

Castello di Verrazzano

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Chianti, 1981

Castello di Uzzano

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. The area’s most highly regarded wines come from the Chianti Classico zone which is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established vinicultural area. This fame is due not just to the high quality of the wines, but also to the classico zone's iconic Tuscan landscape and wine making traditions.
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Chianti, 1981

Robiana - Viviani della Robbia

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Chianti Colli Senesi, 1981

La Muraglia

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Chianti Classico, 1981

Villa Antinori Riserva

Good, classic old Chianti and perfectly enjoyable with food. There is some dusty cherry fruit which picks up with time. Definite hints of strawberries and sour cherry with some acidity and a good satisfying finish.
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Chianti Classico, 1981

Ruffino - Aziano

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Chianti Classico, 1981

Cavarchino

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Chianti Classico, 1981

Oliviero - Riserva

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Chianti Classico, 1981

Villa Antinori

1981 Villa Antinori is characterised by the wines rich ruby red colour that turns to garnet with time. Aromas of red and black cherry entwined, with notes of wild herbs, mint and a hint of earthy spice. It is supported by a racy acidity, mellow tannins and a long persistent finish.
Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. The area’s most highly regarded wines come from the Chianti Classico zone which is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established vinicultural area. This fame is due not just to the high quality of the wines, but also to the classico zone's iconic Tuscan landscape and wine making traditions.
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