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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Vintage Port 1896 Taylors Single Harvest Port 2 Bottle 75cl £2,700
  • Mahogany core with olive green highlights on the rim. The magical quality of this wine is unique, hard to compare even with the few other wines of similar age that have survived to the present day. Its depth and density are astonishing, even taking into account the wine’s concentration over a century and a quarter of ageing in wood. At first, a rich and seductive redolence of black coffee and liquorice takes centre stage but a host of other scents and nuances soon emerge from the wings, creating an intricate display of complex aroma.

    Notes of sawn cedarwood blend with hints of dried rose petal, fennel and eucalyptus. Notes of black pepper and vanilla add a warm spicy dimension. On the palate the wine is dense, round and velvety with impressive volume and concentration, the sweetness balanced by a fresh acidity. Mellow flavours of coffee and butterscotch combine with vibrant notes of orange peel and citrus. The finish is endless, the dense mellow flavours remaining on the palate long after the wine has been tasted. David Guimaraens

Tasting Notes
100
Vintage Port 1963 Warre's 3 Bottle 150cl £285
Vintage Port 1963 Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny 2 Case 4 75cl £1,115
98
Vintage Port 1974 Graham's Single Harvest Tawny 2 Case 4 75cl £1,120
  • Vintage Port - 1974 - Graham's Single Harvest Tawny - £1120 per 4 bottles in bond - £373 per bottle 

     

    On the 25th of April 1974, a military-led coup overthrew the dictatorship which had governed Portugal for half a century. In its immediate aftermath it unleashed social and political tensions, in the prevailing turbulent climate the family elected not to bottle Vintage Port. Nonetheless, many of the year’s wines were so exquisite that they were selected for maturing in cask. For Peter Symington, this was just his fifth vintage in the Douro, but as he gradually took on the position of head winemaker, taster and blender, it became his responsibility to nurture the development of this wine during its prolonged ageing in cask, before passing that responsibility to his son Charles.

    PROVENANCE · GRAPE VARIETIES

    The Graham’s 1974 Single Harvest Tawny, originating almost entirely from field blends in the Malvedos vineyard, has reached us in outstanding condition and Charles has selected the finest casks for bottling, almost half a century after the wine was made.

    STORAGE · SERVING · FOOD PAIRING

    Graham’s 1974 Single Harvest pairs perfectly with creamy or nutty desserts or savoured on its own as a dessert in its own right. Serve chilled and consume within 6-8 weeks of opening.

    TASTING NOTE

    Coppery centre with a pale bronze
    edge. The broad range of aromas
    reveals sultanas, quince preserve and a combination of subtle caramel, vanilla and ginger notes. The palate is silky
    and sensual, with a zest of soft, tingling tannins which continue to underpin the structure and the wine’s vitality. The long finish provides reminiscences of peppery spice, tea leaf and thyme.

    WINE SPECIFICATION

    Alcohol: 20% vol (20oC)
    Total acidity: 5.1 g/l tartaric acid Baumé: 4.8
    pH: 3.35
    Total sugars (glu+fru): 124g/l Allergy advice: Contains sulphites

Tasting Notes
Vintage Port 1977 Dow 3 Bottle 150cl £190
  • This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977.The 1977, still a baby, is fabulously scented, very rich and concentrated, and has a potential longevity of at least another 30-50 years.

Tasting Notes
93
Vintage Port 1977 Taylor’s 1 Case 6 75cl £600
  • This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades. Their tawnys are also among the very best, though somewhat expensive. The 1977 has consistently been at the top of my list of vintage ports in this great vintage, although the Dow, Graham, and Fonseca are equally splendid. It is a mammoth, opaque, statuesque vintage port of remarkable depth and power, but is should not be touched before 2000.

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96
Vintage Port 1977 Sandeman 3 Case 12 75cl £850
Vintage Port 1980 Fonseca 2 Case 12 75cl £650
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Vintage Port 1994 Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny 2 Case 4 75cl £315
97
Vintage Port 1995 Taylor's Vargellas Vinha Velha 1 Case 3 75cl £375
Vintage Port 1997 Quinta do Vesuvio 3 Case 6 75cl £270
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    $70

    Drink Date

    2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2000

    Source

    126, The Wine Advocate

    A delicious, forward, dark saturated ruby/purple-colored port, this 1997 reveals copious quantities of jammy, grapy, black fruit flavors intermixed with earth and spice, full body, and silky tannin. It should drink well soon, but last for two decades.

     

Tasting Notes
90
Vintage Port 2011 Quinta do Noval Nacional 2 Bottle 75cl £1,250
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2060

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2014

    Source

    212, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Quinta do Noval Nacional has an entrancing bouquet that unfolds with time. It is extraordinarily concentrated with black currant pastilles, baked earth, a touch of terracotta and bay leaf that gains more dimension with time. Yet there is undeniable purity and elegance here, a seductive chorus of aromas perfectly in tune. The palate has a wondrous symmetry and focus, perfect acidity and immense purity. Everything here is so precise and at the same time, unassuming, as if this Nacional is aware of its breeding without the impulse to brag about it. It has closed down just a little since last year, but I take this as a positive sign that this legendary Nacional will delight for decades rather than years. This is the kind of elixir that leaves you speechless – surely the finest Nacional since the ethereal 1963. Drink 2020-2060. Tasted January 2014.

Tasting Notes
100
Vintage Port 2011 Croft 2 Case 6 75cl £180
  • Rating

    (92 - 95)

    Release Price

    $85

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Jun 2013

    Source

    207, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Croft is initially taciturn on the nose, even after allowing it 20 minutes in my glass. A light swirling immediately awakens the aromatics to offer blackberry, Seville orange marmalade, blueberries and dried fig – complex and quite compelling. There is real mineralite within this bouquet that, returning after 30 minutes, offers alluring ocean spray scents rolling in off the ocean. The palate is medium-bodied with a velvety-smooth opening that belies the fine, structured tannins underneath. It clams up a little towards the finish, shuts the lid tight and consequently there is the sensation of less persistency here compared to the Taylor’s or Fonseca. But Croft has a knack of filling out with bottle age and becomes both gentle and generous with the passing years. Tasted May 2013. 

Tasting Notes
95
Vintage Port 2011 Warre's 2 Case 6 75cl £250
Vintage Port 2011 Graham's 3 Case 6 75cl £300
  • Rating

    (95 - 97)

    Release Price

    $100

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Jun 2013

    Source

    207, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Graham’s comes from the five quintas that have been the source for many years (Malvedos, Tua, Vila Velha, das Lages and Vale de Malhadas). It represents a selection of the 131 pipes from a total production of 1,454 and is a blend of 40% Touriga Nacional, 31% Touriga Franca, 6% Sousao and 23% mixture of very old vines. It has a more “serious” bouquet compared to the Dow, with beguiling scents of blackberry, wild hedgerow, tobacco and cloves. Straight-laced, very well-defined and compelling, the palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and supremely well-judged acidity. It is utterly harmonious, with a pure core of ripe black cherries, damson, marmalade, clove and spices, and the finish lingers long in the mouth. The separation of “The Stone Terraces” vines certainly does not appear to have detracted from a great Graham’s. 5,000 cases declared. Tasted May 2013.  

Tasting Notes
97
Vintage Port 2011 Quinta do Noval Nacional 4 Case 3 75cl £3,750
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2060

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2014

    Source

    212, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Quinta do Noval Nacional has an entrancing bouquet that unfolds with time. It is extraordinarily concentrated with black currant pastilles, baked earth, a touch of terracotta and bay leaf that gains more dimension with time. Yet there is undeniable purity and elegance here, a seductive chorus of aromas perfectly in tune. The palate has a wondrous symmetry and focus, perfect acidity and immense purity. Everything here is so precise and at the same time, unassuming, as if this Nacional is aware of its breeding without the impulse to brag about it. It has closed down just a little since last year, but I take this as a positive sign that this legendary Nacional will delight for decades rather than years. This is the kind of elixir that leaves you speechless – surely the finest Nacional since the ethereal 1963. Drink 2020-2060. Tasted January 2014.

Tasting Notes
100
Vintage Port 2018 Taylor's 10 Case 6 75cl £325
  • “It has a classy, aristocratic bouquet, a signature note apropos Taylor’s Vintage: dense black fruit with touches of melted tar, cloves and white pepper. This just builds and builds in the glass. The palate is very harmonious with fine tannins, perfect acidity and very pure with a gentle, almost caressing second half. White pepper interlaces the black fruit with a very precise finish. Pure class.” Drinking window: 2032 – 2075 - Neal Martin

Tasting Notes
97
Vintage Port 2018 Taylor's 3 Case 3 150cl £330
  • “It has a classy, aristocratic bouquet, a signature note apropos Taylor’s Vintage: dense black fruit with touches of melted tar, cloves and white pepper. This just builds and builds in the glass. The palate is very harmonious with fine tannins, perfect acidity and very pure with a gentle, almost caressing second half. White pepper interlaces the black fruit with a very precise finish. Pure class.” Drinking window: 2032 – 2075 - Neal Martin

Tasting Notes
97
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