1998 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Port: 1998 port: Not generally declared as a vintage. A small crop produced some good and powerful Quinta Vintage Ports. Colheitas or Single Harvest Ports such as Kopke or Barros would make an excellent alternative for port lovers.

 
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, pick a Barolo or Barbaresco from Piedmont. The wines are classics and will drink well now or keep for another 10 years or more.
 
Bordeaux: 1998 wine: This year favoured the merlot grape leading to a glorious vintage in Pomerol and St Emillion. 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 under-rated, 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 excellent. The wines are ripe, not overly ripe, 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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1998 Fonseca Port

Quinta Do Panascal Vintage Port (Single bottle 75cl)

In years when Fonseca does not ‘declare' a classic vintage, it selects the finest grapes from its own vineyards to yield a small quantity of this wine, which is produced exactly as a declared Fonseca Vintage. Beautifully structured and perfectly balanced this is an earlier maturing style than the classic vintage port.

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Restrained on the nose, with licorice-like richness beneath; opulent, broad and sweet with fresh berry fruit and a touch of dark chocolate and spicy, peppery tannins on the finish.
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1998 Taylor's

Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port, HALF BOTTLE (37.5cl) (Comes in a Leather Effect Box with Silk Liner as illustrated)

Very typical Taylor's style on the nose, rather reserved, spicy and stylish fruit. Gentle, and a lovely silkiness to at the start. Fine fruit, very stylish composition. Appropriate grip and texture. Lots of tannin evident on a second taste. This is rather good. From a Port Styles tasting. 16.5-17+/20 (Wine Doctor 2007).

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Barbaresco, 1998

Michele Chiarlo

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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Barolo, 1998

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Paolo Scavino - Bric del Fiasc

Barolo lies just south-west of Alba in Italy's north-western Piedmont region. It is considered one of the finest and longest-lived wines, often referred to as 'the king of wines and the wine of kings'. Wine production is strictly limited to the vineyards located on steep hills around the towns of Barolo, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba and Monforte d'Alba, Despite the different characteristics of these wines due to the varied terroir, they do display similar traits. These include a garnet color, powerful structure, firm tannins and high levels of acidity and alcohol, with the capacity to age for many years.
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Barolo, 1998

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Giacomo Fenocchio - Villero

Barolo lies just south-west of Alba in Italy's north-western Piedmont region. It is considered one of the finest and longest-lived wines, often referred to as 'the king of wines and the wine of kings'. Wine production is strictly limited to the vineyards located on steep hills around the towns of Barolo, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba and Monforte d'Alba, Despite the different characteristics of these wines due to the varied terroir, they do display similar traits. These include a garnet color, powerful structure, firm tannins and high levels of acidity and alcohol, with the capacity to age for many years.
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Barros Port, 1998

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Colheita Port (Comes in a Dark Mocha Leather Effect gift box with Silk Liner)
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Amber colour with a bouquet reminiscent of dried fruits and spice. Soft and velvety on the palate with a lingering finish.
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Barros Port, 1998

Colheita Port (Comes in original Barros box as illustrated)

The 1998 single harvest Barros reveals an amber colour with a bouquet reminiscent of dried fruits and spice. It is soft and velvety on the palate with a lingering finish.

Having just celebrated their 100th year trading in 2013 Barros Port is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious companies producing and trading in Port. Much of their success comes from Colheita ports – old tawnies from a single year matured in cask for a minimum period of seven years. Their expertise in Colheitas has established them as the stand out producer of this style. Barros leave their Colheita ports to mature in cask until being hand bottled to order.
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Chateau Cissac, 1998

Medoc, Cru Bourgeois

Good colour, great legs and nose. Quite nice when opened. Perhaps a trace of liquorice and a hint of 'medicinal' character. After 3-4 hours - quite rich and aromatic with good cherry fruit and a touch of maraschino at the end. Tannins are soft and have integrated completely.
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Chateau Cos d'Estournel, 1998

St Estephe, 2nd Growth Classification

The nose is quite smoky and dusty, with a touch of green pepper. Very masculine, as is the palate that is foursquare, with dusty tannins, cigar box and blackberry leaf. It is very Saint Estephe with its earthy finish.
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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, 1998

St Julien 2me Cru Classe

** 91 Points - Robert Parker **

"A supremely elegant, dense purple-colored effort, the 1998 reveals aromas of cassis, black raspberries, minerals, and currants. Precise, well-delineated, and medium to full-bodied, with magnificent purity and understated elegance, this noble, restrained wine reveals a tannic finish, suggesting 4-5 more years of cellaring is warranted" Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
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Chateau Figeac, 1998

Saint Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe

***94 Points, Jeannie Cho Lee***
***90 Parker Points***

The 1998 Chateau Figeac is a stylish, mid-weight effort with an opulent, complex bouquet of licorice, Asian spices, tobacco, and fruit cake. Obvious black currants, smoke, vanillin, and new saddle leather are prominent in the wine's beautifully-knit flavors. This opulent, rich, concentrated, layered, pure, complex 1998 reveals low acidity as well as ripe tannin, suggesting it will be impossible to resist.
*Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate 2001*
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Chateau Fontenil, 1998

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Fronsac

From the 1998 Vintage and fully mature. Beautifully integrated, still with freshness of fruit and a bit light on its feet. elegant, poised, soft fruit and lovely complexity. Very satisfying finish. Dark berries, pencil lead and smoke, tobacco.
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Chateau Latour, 1998

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

Many regard Latour as the greatest of Bordeaux's Premier Crus.
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Chateau Latour, 1998

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

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 Loudenne, 1998

Medoc
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A beautiful, subtle nose of cedar and leather. Not complex but well-defined and unreservedly "classic". The palate still has firm tannins backed with ample sweet red fruit entwined with an earthy/cigar-box flavour.
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Chateau Pavie Decesse, 1998

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Grand Cru St Emilion

The Chateau Pavie Decesse from the excellent 1998 vintage is now fully mature and still has a deep colour, and fresh acidity.
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Chateau Quinault l'Enclos, 1998

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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 Rauzan-Segla, 1998

Margaux 2me Cru Classe

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Penetrating, minerally aromas of raspberry, redcurrant and cedary oak. Denser and more structured than the '99; with its firmer acidity, this is more classic claret. Very rich, sharply delineated wine that will require at least seven or eight years of bottle aging. (ST) (5/2001)

90 points Wine Spectator
Dark color, with a ripe blackberry character and hints of minerals. Medium- to full-bodied, with lovely, integrated tannins and velvety, round mouthfeel. Lovely now. (JS, Web-2009)
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Chateauneuf du Pape, 1998

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Domaine Mont Redon

An outstanding wine still with a deep red colour. This hasreally strong bouquet with lovely packing in it; there is charm in the soft red fruits, but power and depth in behind, via some tobacco and rum: all comes in a silken air. This is rich on the palate, backed by good structure and tannin to keep it in shape. Very good length.
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Chianti, 1998

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Nidieto - Petriolo
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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, 1998

Castello di Fonterutoli - Mazzei

This 1998 Castello di Fonterutoli - Mazzei 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.
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Chianti Classico, 1998

Giorgio Primo - Fattoria "La Massa"

This 1998 Giorgio Primo - Fattoria "La Massa" 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.
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Chianti Classico, 1998

Castello di Monsanto - Il Poggio - Riserva

This 1998 Castello di Monsanto - Il Poggio - Riserva 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.
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Domaine de Chevalier, 1998

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Graves Pessac-Leogan

This is a classic, finesse-styled Graves. The 1998 Domaine de Chevalier reveals scorched earth, tobacco, and red currant aromas along with rich, elegant, savory flavors, sweet tannin, and better integrated oak than previous vintages have exhibited as well as sweet tannin, a lusty, plush mid-palate and finish, and beautifully sweet fruit that unfolds on the palate in a graceful manner.
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Kopke Port

Kopke 20 Year Old Tawny Port

Aged in wood casks until they are completely mature, Tawny ports are a golden colour with multi-dimensional layers of aromas and flavours. The domination of Vintage Ports in past years is now challenged by the advantages of the tawnies, especially vintage colheita tawnies for restaurants and retail consumers. Where vintage ports have immediate air shock upon opening the bottle wherein they were aged and have a shelf life of only a few hours to a week; tawny ports have had air working on them through the cask during all the years of ageing, giving them a open-life of a month or longer. Lighter and more delicate than vintage ports,
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