1984 Wine and Port Vintage
Vintage Port: A 1984 Port would make an excellent 35 year old wine gift, whether for a birthday or anniversary. Although there was no declaration of vintage this year, some attractive single Quinta ports were produced. These bottles are by now fully mature but will keep for years. The 1984 vintage started off with a cold wet spring, with summer not really starting until June. The first three weeks of September were fine, hot and dry, but at the end of September the temperature dropped sharply and it never recovered. However, there was good weather in the final part of the harvest and the winemakers' skills were tested in order to produce a good wine. Some excellent examples of the winemakers' talent are around, such as Warre, Dow and Fonseca, as well as our wine buyer's recommendation: the 1984 Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas . Some excellent single-harvest Colheitas were also produced by Houses such as Kopke.
Italian: A challenging vintage that produced some good wines in Piedmont by those producers that adopted strict selection techniques. Some weaker wines were produced in Tuscany. The first three months of the year were cool. Although the weather in April was better, May was cold, cloudy and wet causing problems for bud-break. Flowering was therefore delayed by two to three weeks. The ripening process was hampered as a result of an unsettled summer, however the vintage was salvaged partly by a warm final ripening period for Barolo. In Tuscany this was Chianti's first vintage under the new quality enhancing DOCG laws. This was a poor vintage and no Riservas were made. Producers had to rely heavily on concentrated and severe selection to produce acceptable wines.
Bordeaux: The Bordeaux vintage got off to a good start with a warm April. Things quickly went downhill after that; May was cool and rainy which led to poor flowering particularly for the Merlot crop. This had follow on problems in the Right Bank (St Emilion, Pomerol), as there was not enough ripe Merlot to create quality Bordeaux wine. The producers in the Left Bank tended to over compensate with more Cabernet Sauvignon. By the time July arrived, the vintage was lagging behind. July and August were warm, dry months which helped the left bank chateaux into thinking the vintage would end up fine, if their wines were Cabernet Sauvignon based. In September, Cyclone Hortense hit the Bordeaux wine region, the first in its history. Many right bank Chateau declassified their entire crop in St. Emilion and Pomerol. The left bank fared slightly better but the wines produced were diluted; few have survived today and those that have are now quite a rarity.
Spain: 1984 was a medium vintage for the wines of Rioja. The preceding winter was mild and wet. There were instances of frost on May 13th in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, and a hail storm on September 4th hung over Villalba, Briñas and Labastida. Due to hurricane Hortensia hitting the country on October 4th, around 250 tons of produce was lost, the harvest occurred late and fermentation was cool. Despite all of this, however, a 1984 Rioja generally makes a sound wine with a bit of colour to it.
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Baron de Lustrac, 1984
Vintage Armagnac (Comes in original Lustrac Box as illustrated)
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 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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Chateau Camensac, 1984
Haut-Medoc 5me cru classe
Red bricking. Nose of stewed berries, some pencil lead, cigar box, leather. Palate of stewed blackberry, cassis, cedar, earth, stones. Still with some tannins to give it some structure. Very enjoyable.
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Chateau Coutet, 1984
Barsac, Premier Cru Classe
Magnificent. Deep gold color and with air rich open nose of lanolin, candle wax, dried orange peel, citrus fruits, crisp apples, floral notes of rose, dried tubers, dried faded potpourri over zesty bright pineapple. acidity. Medium weight, medium finish, complete and wonderfully balanced.
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Chateau Duhart Milon Rothschild, 1984
Pauillac 4th Growth Classification (MAGNUM FORMAT 150cl)
"after an hour it transformed in the glass. A rather one-dimensional nose that puts on weight: iron rust, dried blood, becoming a little farmyardy. Reminds me of a Cabernet Franc rather than Sauvignon. The palate is thin and insipid at first, but again it improves with tobacco and cigar box notes. Moderate weight, with a savory finish. Lacks vigour but this would surprise any unsuspecting tasters - as long as you give it a chance a drink the whole bottle. ", WIne Journal 2004
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Chateau Margaux, 1984
Margaux, 1er Grand Cru Classe
*** 93-95 Points - Wine Journal ***
"A sensational bottle that simply defied every rule about Bordeaux. Intense liquorish, cherry liqueur nose: very rich. Thick exotic, rounded palate with super-ripe Merlot. Reminds me of a Petrus! Very complex with spicy, fleshy finish. This bottle is high-toned, succulent and quite delicious. Beyond my wildest expectations. " Neil Martin, Wine Journal 2004
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D'Oliveiras Madeira, 1984
"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)
Near perfect with tiramisu and desserts made with cream and dried fruits.
" Cellar Tracker Review
*Bottled in 2015
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Taylor's Port, 1984
Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port
The elegant and scented Port wines of Quinta de Vargellas are the most reputed Single Quinta Vintages. Regarded as more prestigious and collectable than many shippers’ declared Vintages. Like a declared Vintage, a Quinta de Vargellas Single Quinta Vintage Port is released soon after bottling.
An attractive single quinta port from what was quite a difficult year. This is one of the best and it has aged well.
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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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