1998 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Port: A port wine from 1998 would make an excellent 23 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary. This year was not generally declared as a vintage, however a small crop produced some good and powerful Single Quinta Vintage Ports. Colheitas or Single Harvest Ports such as Kopke or Barros would make an excellent alternative for port lovers and newcomers alike.
 
Italian: Another very good year for Tuscany and Piedmont, although some Tuscan producers suffered from poor picking timing during the October rains. Those that picked before or after were rewarded with long living wines but to be sure, we would recommend picking a Barolo or Barbaresco from Piedmont. The wines are classics and will drink well now or keep for years to come.
 
Bordeaux: This year favoured the merlot grape, leading to a glorious vintage in Pomerol and St Emilion. This is undoubtedly the greatest vintage for Merlot-dominated wines since 1990, and the quality of the St-Emilions and Pomerols is outstanding being powerful and tannic. The Médoc wines were initially underrated, but properties with the finest terroirs have produced some excellent high-quality wines that are now showing tremendous promise.
 
Champagne: The 1998 champagne has, over the last couple of years, been re-appraised in an upwards direction. What was always seen as very good year is now regarded as an excellent one. The wines are ripe but not overly so, fleshy but with structure to repay cellaring.
 
Spain: This would have been an exceptional year for Rioja. The weather was mild in winter months with a non frosty Spring offering excellent flowering conditions throughout the summer. Unfortunately, the rain hit hard in mid September forcing an early start to the harvest. By October 12th everyone was picking or had picked, but those who picked late saw the benefit of an Indian summer which allowed ripening to continue in excellent conditions until November 3rd. These later-gathered grapes will, it’s hoped, make some excellent Reservas.

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Barolo, 1998

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Elio Grasso 'Vigna Chiniera' Gavarini

lio Grasso is making monumental wines with great balance and classic varietal character. Split between the worlds of new wave and traditonal Piemontese winemaking Elio has been able to fuse the two incorporating the best of both. Micro-oxygenation and large oak barrels give the wine more suppleness, more depth, smoothness without giving up the fruit or terroir of Barolo. Simply stunning wines. The Gavarini is more aromatic and ethereal
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Calatayud, 1998

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Monasterio Crianza

This 1998 wine comes from the Calatayud region in Spain which is known for its big and bold red wines – mainly made from Garnacha grapes. Its aromas and flavours involve dark berried fruits enveloped in spicy undertones. Soft on the palate with silky tannins and lovely balance, rich cranberry notes carry through to a subtle savoury note on the finish.
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Chateau La Lagune, 1998

Haut Medoc, 3rd Growth Classification

This is a very fine La Lagune. A deep garnet core with tawny rim, the nose straightlaced with cedar, smoke, a touch of cranberry and a little cracked black pepper. The palate is medium-bodied, dry and solid, firm and stoic. Good weight on the finish, and a lingering tobacco aftertaste. Drinking now.
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Chateau la Tour de By, 1998

Medoc, Cru Bourgeois

From the good 1998 vintage, the Chateau La Tour de By has a slightly diffuse, tobacco scented nose followed by a palate of moderate concentration with cedar and tobacco. Quite a soft texture but with vibrant acidity.
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Chateau Langoa Barton, 1998

St Julien, 3rd Growth Classification

90-92 Points Wine Journal

"A great Langoa - nose slowly opening up. Dark black fruits with masses of pencil-lead aromas. Good depth with structured inky black fruits. This is an excellent well-made wine. Tasted May 2000." Neil Martin, Wine Journal
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Price: £89.00
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Chateau Latour, 1998

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

Many regard Latour as the greatest of Bordeaux's Premier Crus. The 1998 Chateau Latour is a refined, elegant offering with a dark ruby colour, sweet cassis fruit, attractive fat, surprisingly soft tannin, and a good finish. There is firmness and muscle in the background, but this is not an enormous or powerful Latour. However, it is very pure, with the vineyard's mineral/black fruit character presented in a medium-weight format.
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Chateau Quinault l'Enclos, 1998

St Emilion Grand Cru

The 1998 still reveals an unmistakable similarity to the famed Pomerol, Lafleur. Kirsch liqueur, spice, and mineral notes are the hallmarks of this wine, which combines breed, power, and elegance. Supple tannin, a medium-bodied, plush texture, and fine purity characterize this delicious, complex, stylish St.-Emilion.
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Chateau Senejac, 1998

Haut Medoc

The 1998 chateau Senejac is light and bright, then building a little more interest - stays defined and juicy, very well done, if not the most concentrated, it has an attractively lively weave of fruit, tannin and acidity.
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Chateau Yquem, 1998

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

‘A beautiful, slightly golden yellow, this wine is still very young to express much on the initial nose. After swirling, and even more so after a few minutes in the glass, there come scents of citrus, raisins and also more floral aromas with delicate lime flower. These are still early days and time is needed for these impressions to develop. In the mouth the great quality and potential are obvious. The attack is round, and the volume quickly fills the whole mouth. What sweetness and what pleasure - with just enough acidity. Flavours of mandarin, apricot, fruit paste, then the vanillary, lightly grilled notes associated with the long élevage in barrel.
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Chateauneuf du Pape, 1998

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Vieux Mas des Papes

The 1998 Vieux Mas des Papes is drinking very well right now- earthy nose, rich fruit. Leather and resolved tannins, has the fruit to hold on a few more years and the tannins would continue to develop
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Chateauneuf du Pape, 1998

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1998, Caveaux Comtadins


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Ghemme, 1998

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Il Rubino

The Ghemme is produced in the hilly area of the municipalities of Ghemme and Romagnano Sesia, in the province of Novara. The vineyards are situated on a series of hills of alluvial origin moraine that extends from the mouth of the Valsesia Novara plain. These findings formed by deposits carried downstream from the glacier of Mount Rosa.
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J W Hart, 1998

Colhieta Single Harvest Port

This 1998 J W Hart Tawny Colheita is elegant and complex. An amalgamation of rich flavours is marked by the presence of dried fruits, with a burst of freshness in red cherries enhanced by an exuberant note of spice. Perfect for pairing with an exquisite salted caramel tart.
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Kopke Port, 1998

Colheita Port - Includes Kopke Wooden Gift Box

History and exclusivity are two of the words that best describe Kopke, a brand synonymous with prestige. Kopke existed even before there was a demarcated Region of the Douro. Established in 1638, the oldest Port wine house built an impeccable reputation based on the highest quality. A leader in the production of Port Tawny Colheita wines, including white port, Kopke has a remarkable and highly awarded range of special category Ports.

Presented in the port house's unmistakable and unique hand-painted bottle, this 1998 Kopke Tawny Colheita is elegant and complex. An amalgamation of rich flavours is marked by the presence of dried fruits, with a burst of freshness in red cherries enhanced by an exuberant note of spice.
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L'Impazzito, 1998

Corte Madonnina


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Montepulciano, 1998

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d'Abruzzo, Miglianico

Montepulciano is a red wine grape variety grown widely in central Italy, most notably its eastern Abruzzo, Marche and Molise regions. The variety was named after the Tuscan parish of Montepulciano, but, confusingly, is not used in the famous wines produced there (see Vino Nobile di Montepulciano). Globally appreciated for their soft flavors, strong color and gentle tannins, Montepulciano wines are typically best consumed in their youth and with food. The deep-purple juice of Montepulciano grapes is used in varying proportions to produce wines under roughly 50 of Italy's DOC and DOCG titles. Although sometimes used on its own,
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Oltrepo, 1998

Bohemi - Le Fracce

Intense crimson-red colour and purplish froth with complex aroma of violet, cherry and mixed berries, fizzy, medium bodied wine.
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Quinta do Passadouro, 1998

Quinta do Passadouro, Vintage Port

In the nose a lot of alcohol. It has a powerful nose but it’s not very complex. Liquorice, dark fruit, dark chocolate. There is also an amaretto cookie element coming through which is quite nice.
Taste: A creamy velvet texture. At the start a lot of freshness which is followed up very quickly with a lot of alcohol that attacks the palate. Dried fruit, some liquorice, and a really nice acidity.
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Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port, 1998

Vintage Port

Tasting Note:

The Quinta do Vesuvio 1998 remains slightly muted on the nose with notes of small black cherries smoke and sage. The palate is medium-bodied with powdery tannins the fruits having mellowed over the last few years less high-toned with attractive black olive notes inflecting the glossy black fruits. The finish is still a little broody with a smudge of alcohol denying it delineation. Drink now-2025. Tasted October 2011. Source: eRobertParker.com

Rating: 87 RP Reviewed by Neal Martin Date: February 2012




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Veuve Clicquot, 1998

Ponsardin

Citrus and ginger are the main themes in this seamless, elegant bubbly. It picks up a mineral element on the finish, as the chalky intensity asserts itself. Lovely mouthwatering finish.
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Price: £99.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Vosne Romanee, 1998

Jean Grivot, Vosne-Romanée Les Rouges 1998 1er Cru, Côte de Nuits


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Price: £119.00
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