2017 Vintage Port

You wait years for a vintage port declaration, then two come along all at once... In the conservative world of port, this is earth-shattering news. You have to go back to 1872/73 to find a back-to-back 'general' declaration, so there is clearly something pretty extraordinary about these wines.

"The decision to declare vintage ports from two consecutive years was not one taken lightly. However, these two exceptionally strong harvests have produced wines of such immense quality that we felt justified in making this historic decision." Johnny Symington

If the 2016s were elegant and fine, the 2017s are much more concentrated and intense. They are wines of real grandeur that will probably outlive us all. Johnny Symington even suggested this vintage might equal the fabled 1945 but, given the number of us who were around to taste that wine on release, we're not sure how easy this is to verify! What we do know is that, despite their natural concentration, the 2017s are beautifully balanced - the very cool nights providing welcome refreshment to the vines. Similarly, there is huge structure but the tannins are not at all aggressive, they are perfectly ripe and provide the sturdy frame necessary to support all that delicious, opulent, dark fruit.

"I have never seen a year like 2017 in my 25 years as winemaker in our family vineyards...the concentration and structure took my breath away. We have made some really remarkable wines." Charles Symington

"2017 is clearly an exceptional year, which I believe will be remembered as one of the historic Vintage Port declarations of Quinta do Noval." Christian Seely

"The 2017 vintage port is epic and a triumph, the best I’ve witnessed in all my years at Niepoort." Dirk Niepoort

If you are a port enthusiast this is simply a 'must buy' vintage. Comparing the very different personalities of the 2016s and 2017s as they evolve will be a game that never gets old. Sadly, as is so often the case with great port vintages, some yields are much reduced. Given we sold out of most 2016s within a few weeks, you may have to be quick if you don't want to miss out on this 'epic' vintage.

Best wishes,
The Lea & Sandeman Team



Finally, because they never stop being true, some words of wisdom from Patrick Sandeman:

"The next question is whether one needs to buy and lay down vintage port at all in this day and age… Well, if, like me, you think that a dinner party is only a dinner party if you climax with a decanter of vintage port or two (otherwise it is only really a supper party), or if, like me, you decant a bottle of vintage port every Friday night during the months of November and December to drink over the week-end, then you will need at least two dozen bottles a year, and assuming that there is only one great vintage every four years, you should be buying at least eight dozen bottles. Equally, if you are of the camp that ‘no longer drinks port because it gives me a hangover’, then you too should be laying down some port for when you learn to drink less before and during dinner, and appreciate something exceptional at the end of the evening. Finally, of course, there are the (2017) babes whose God-parents, aunts and uncles, and parents should be buying at least two cases of six bottles (one to sell to help pay for the gap year in eighteen years time, the other to drink)." Patrick Sandeman

Recommendations

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Pricing & Availability

All prices are quoted in bond by the case size stated. Some wines are highly sought after so we may give priority to previous buyers and those who buy across the offer. We expect these ports to arrive in the UK early in 2020.

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2017 QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA Vintage Port

2017 QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA Vintage Port

Immediately on the nose this charms your senses. After tasting a long run of 2017s - this has a soft and aromatic allure that you do not find elsewhere. On the nose you are transported to the warmImmediately on the nose this charms your senses. After tasting a long run of 2017s - this has a soft and aromatic allure that you do not find elsewhere. On the nose you are transported to the warm steep slopes of the Douro. Wafting notes of wild-flowers, dried blossom and scrubby herbs. You feel the heat, the dryness. Clever. On the palate there is a lovely soft, open-knit fruit flesh. Those herbs again and a gorgeous sleek feel. We loved the 2016 release but this is a step up - similar elegant fruit profile - but this 2017 has just an extra element of power. Slightly broader shoulders. You hardly notice but this is more serious, more powerful and more intense. A pretty, deeply satisfying Port that will give huge pleasure going forward - its charm may make tasters underestimate its ageing potential.L&S(May 2019)

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2017 QUINTA DE ERVAMOIRA Ramos Pinto

2017 QUINTA DE ERVAMOIRA Ramos Pinto

Release date: 1/7/2019

60% Touriga Nacional, 15% Touriga Franca, 10% Sousão, 19% Tinta Barroca, 5% Tinto Cão. Foot trodden and fermented in lagares. TA 4.6 g/l, pH 3.7, RS 98 g/l. Less open on the nose than the Ramos60% Touriga Nacional, 15% Touriga Franca, 10% Sousão, 19% Tinta Barroca, 5% Tinto Cão. Foot trodden and fermented in lagares. TA 4.6 g/l, pH 3.7, RS 98 g/l. Less open on the nose than the Ramos Pinto 2017.More subtle and refined, more withheld and pure, darker fruited. Even though it is more restrained, it has greater intensity and concentration on the palate, with real finesse in the tannin texture and a little more obvious freshness for sophisticated harmony. Rating: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Jul 2019)

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2017 CROFT

2017 CROFT

A nice effort from Croft. There is good sweetness, and a nice pure fruit expression. Raspberry and blackberry - forest-fruit pulp which is pretty, yet sweet. The grip builds though, despite the richA nice effort from Croft. There is good sweetness, and a nice pure fruit expression. Raspberry and blackberry - forest-fruit pulp which is pretty, yet sweet. The grip builds though, despite the rich fruit the firmness takes hold. Nicely fruit-laden structure.L&S(May 2019)

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2017 COCKBURN

2017 COCKBURN

Tasted after the Warre and this does initially seem more straightforward on the nose - young and bright fruit. Gracefully perfumed, pure fresh-fruited and lifted aromatics. On the palate this hasTasted after the Warre and this does initially seem more straightforward on the nose - young and bright fruit. Gracefully perfumed, pure fresh-fruited and lifted aromatics. On the palate this has more impact and is good and full-on, with nice sweetness. Some barley too, some crushed dates. Finishing with a kick of warm spiced heat.L&S(May 2019)

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2017 RAMOS PINTO

2017 RAMOS PINTO

Release date: 1/7/2019

70% Touriga Nacional, 15% Touriga Franca, 10% Sousão, plus 5% field blend from old vineyards. Foot trodden and fermented in lagares, full stems. TA 4.7 g/l, pH 3.7, RS 94 g/l. Deepest black cherry70% Touriga Nacional, 15% Touriga Franca, 10% Sousão, plus 5% field blend from old vineyards. Foot trodden and fermented in lagares, full stems. TA 4.7 g/l, pH 3.7, RS 94 g/l. Deepest black cherry colour. Packed with sweet blackberry and blueberry on the nose, with a touch of spiced chocolate. Chewy on the palate – tannins are dense and smooth, something to get your teeth into. But it also opens to more fragrance, the Touriga Nacional adding some floral notes a touch of bergamot though it’s the black fruit that dominates and fills the mouth, pulling in to a long and nicely dry finish.  Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Jul 2019)

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2017 QUINTA DO VESUVIO

2017 QUINTA DO VESUVIO

Yes! There’s a real feel to this. Freshly crushed fruit. A pulp of red and blue berries. There is a great density but it is not thick, there is a spice and lift of brisk acidity underpinning theYes! There’s a real feel to this. Freshly crushed fruit. A pulp of red and blue berries. There is a great density but it is not thick, there is a spice and lift of brisk acidity underpinning the fruit. Lots of cooked plum, some coffee - but loaded with lots of pleasure. Perhaps less ‘fine’ than some, there is a wilder note, but good flow and broad too. A nice sweep - that gives joy. L&S(May 2019)

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2017 WARRE

2017 WARRE

Sweet fruited, light attack - weight and richness build and there is good concentration. A density soon builds after the nicely aromatic start. Dark cherry flesh, and firm cassis berries grow inSweet fruited, light attack - weight and richness build and there is good concentration. A density soon builds after the nicely aromatic start. Dark cherry flesh, and firm cassis berries grow in tandem with the neatly milled tannins. Building to a lovely silky feel - just a whiff, an edge of tannin, subtly well structured. Impressive - well poised, deep but with no thickness. Well done.L&S(May 2019)

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2017 NIEPOORT

2017 NIEPOORT

'I get a bit emotional about this wine,' says Dirk Niepoort. He says it's definitely the best vintage he's produced here, though he admits with a smile that no one will believe him any more because'I get a bit emotional about this wine,' says Dirk Niepoort. He says it's definitely the best vintage he's produced here, though he admits with a smile that no one will believe him any more because he said that about the 2015 and 2011. This 2017 is hugely concentrated and densely tannic but there's no impression of heaviness or excess heat. The tannins are perfectly ripe and there's that characteristic Niepoort acidity running through it. Dirk says the cooler nights were key in retaining this balancing freshness, otherwise the wines would have been too jammy. Dirk's masterstroke was including 150 litres of specially selected press wines in the final blend. It's made for a dramatic and generous port with so much pure dark fruit that it's a delicious drink already but, as Dirk says, 'this will age forever.' A sample of the beautifully fresh 1942 tasted earlier suggests he may be right. L&S(May 2019)

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2017 FONSECA

2017 FONSECA

Wonderful aromatic precision - floral, lush dark-cherry freshness. Tasting this after the Taylor's it is hard not to feel the more meaty, more hairy side and fear it is less sophisticated. That mayWonderful aromatic precision - floral, lush dark-cherry freshness. Tasting this after the Taylor's it is hard not to feel the more meaty, more hairy side and fear it is less sophisticated. That may be true but it is certainly no less joyous. In fact that complex middle - full of sweet earth, raisiny paste and deep cherry fruit is delicious. Intense and well done. Dates and ripe black damsons give a deep richness. There is good intensity here. Perhaps not elegant yet this is a winner, deeply enjoyable.L&S(May 2019)

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2017 TAYLOR

2017 TAYLOR

As we tasted this with Adrian Bridge (MD of Taylor Fladgate) he was keen to remind us that although this maybe the largest production of the 'Big Names' in 2017 - there is still an artisan approachAs we tasted this with Adrian Bridge (MD of Taylor Fladgate) he was keen to remind us that although this maybe the largest production of the 'Big Names' in 2017 - there is still an artisan approach here and they continue to foot tread all the grapes that go in to the Taylor's blend. Tightness and elegance is a trademark of Taylor’s and the heat has given a richly plummy generosity here in 2019. There is such concentrated juice and full fruit weight - a full, filled-out vintage Port. There is an intensity here. Nice weight and good pungency. The rich fruit core is seasoned with some lift of flowers 'orange blossom' says Adrian Bridge. There is a rich veneer to the 2017 Taylor's, but then some deliciously fresh tannins add texture. Polished and intense, but full of joy. L&S(May 2019)

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2017 GRAHAM

2017 GRAHAM

Tasting this with Charles Symington, he explained that harvest started on the 25th of August, a week earlier than ever before. And yet because everything started earlier this was not a short growingTasting this with Charles Symington, he explained that harvest started on the 25th of August, a week earlier than ever before. And yet because everything started earlier this was not a short growing cycle. But it was hot - and so the freshness and the floral notes that emerge in the glass are remarkable. There’s more Touriga Franca this year in the blend as this copes particularly well in hot years. But this release will not disappoint followers of Graham as the trademark eucalyptus lift is there and there is a refined feel. Balanced, silky texture and long - a great Vintage Port.L&S(May 2019)

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2017 DOW

2017 DOW

Seriously inviting. Very attractive nose - fresh cut red-fleshed fruit jumps out of the glass. On the palate beautifully plump, perfumed plums, nicely sweet - but not overwhelming. The fruit core isSeriously inviting. Very attractive nose - fresh cut red-fleshed fruit jumps out of the glass. On the palate beautifully plump, perfumed plums, nicely sweet - but not overwhelming. The fruit core is lithe and has super spice, some green herb notes too. In the mouth the concentration of the red fruit centre builds and builds. Some tingle of acidity livens up the richly loaded finish. Good and deep.L&S(May 2019)

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2017 QUINTA DO NOVAL

2017 QUINTA DO NOVAL

This superb Port is a true single Quinta, with all the fruit coming from this single estate. The vineyard covers 145 hectares and made up with a great range of altitudes, expositions and soils. TheThis superb Port is a true single Quinta, with all the fruit coming from this single estate. The vineyard covers 145 hectares and made up with a great range of altitudes, expositions and soils. The results are beautifully complex. The wild garrigue-like herbs are tell-tale Noval. Lovely fruit line - mineral, with crushed rocks and pure dark berries that form a tight core for now. Not impenetrable but with immense pure concentration and neat, clean but firm tannins that build discreetly and finely. Those dried herbs and the enticing, dark density of pert fruit are quite a thrill. It is very easy to see why Managing Director, Christian Seely, told us he ‘had no hesitation in declaring 2017 - one of the best ever.’L&S(May 2019)

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2017 CAPELA Quinta do Vesuvio

2017 CAPELA Quinta do Vesuvio

The 2017 Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio is the fourth release named after the quinta's chapel. Its vines were one of the first planted after the phylloxera crisis and the grape varieties wereThe 2017 Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio is the fourth release named after the quinta's chapel. Its vines were one of the first planted after the phylloxera crisis and the grape varieties were co-fermented in the same lagaretes (a small lagare). It is a serious step up from the Quinta do Vesuvio: much more finesse and delineation, slightly more mineral-rich blackberry and bilberry fruit, veins of crème de cassis and camphor. I adore the harmony of this Vintage Port. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannin that caress the mouth. The acidity is beautifully judged, a somehow effortless fortified wine with a silky-textured, sensual finish with layers of luxuriant black fruit laced with clove and cracked black pepper. What a brilliant Vintage Port from the Symington family. Production is 5,184 bottles. Drinking range: 2030 - 2065 Rating: 96-96 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jun 2019)

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2017 CROFT QUINTA DA ROEDA 'SĒRIKOS'

2017 CROFT QUINTA DA ROEDA 'SĒRIKOS'

A new release for 2017 is Sērikos from Croft. This translates as 'silk' (a nod to history as silk was produced at Roeda after phylloxera destroyed the vineyard) and is well named as the feel isA new release for 2017 is Sērikos from Croft. This translates as 'silk' (a nod to history as silk was produced at Roeda after phylloxera destroyed the vineyard) and is well named as the feel is polished and sleek. This selection from the oldest vines in their prized Quinta da Roêda vineyard is another demonstration of quite how well old vines fared in this very hot vintage. A huge step up in terms of precise floral aromatic intensity and powerfully weighted flow. There is energy too and a deep sleek core. Notes of liquorice play well with the dark chocolate and dense dark fruits. A gloss keeps this moving well - it has an impressive presence.L&S(May 2019)

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2017 GRAHAM Stone Terraces

2017 GRAHAM Stone Terraces

Tasted straight after the Grahams. Change of power here is instantly recognisable. More perfume on nose. Pot pourri with violets and crunchy sun baked blossom. On the palate this hits you with headyTasted straight after the Grahams. Change of power here is instantly recognisable. More perfume on nose. Pot pourri with violets and crunchy sun baked blossom. On the palate this hits you with heady intensity. Deeply and tightly wound middle. Lovely fruit. Dark sweet damson. Ripe cherry. Tight and grippy - but incredible sweetness. A smart sophisticated, pure but dense Port, which really gives the impression of having been grown on rock with its tightness and powerful lift. Making a real statement. L&S(May 2019)

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2017 TAYLOR QUINTA DE VARGELLAS Vinha Velha

2017 TAYLOR QUINTA DE VARGELLAS Vinha Velha

Hello! This super intense, deeply sexy wine hits you immediately. Deep flavours are ripe and nicely thick, dark fruit is rich and there are lovely aromatic notes of dried flowers. Some sweet coffeeHello! This super intense, deeply sexy wine hits you immediately. Deep flavours are ripe and nicely thick, dark fruit is rich and there are lovely aromatic notes of dried flowers. Some sweet coffee and soft licorice - the feel too has a ‘just’ grainy texture - not overly sleek or polished, just intense, fully loaded and a gorgeous feel. These old vines are give impressively concentrated and complex fruit that fills the nose and mouth with pleasure.L&S(May 2019)

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2017 CLASSIC COLLECTION Taylor, Croft, Fonseca

2017 CLASSIC COLLECTION Taylor, Croft, Fonseca

A mixed 3-bottle case of 1 bottle each of Croft, Fonseca and Taylor - a taster of the vintage from the Taylor Fladgate partnership.A mixed 3-bottle case of 1 bottle each of Croft, Fonseca and Taylor - a taster of the vintage from the Taylor Fladgate partnership.L&S(May 2019)

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2017 NOVAL NACIONAL Quinta do Noval

2017 NOVAL NACIONAL Quinta do Noval

Mind-blowing really. Intense deep fruit - so concentrated. So fine-lined . Not blocky slabs of flesh - just an incredible tight strata of layers. Black-current. Damson, sweet plums. but also aMind-blowing really. Intense deep fruit - so concentrated. So fine-lined . Not blocky slabs of flesh - just an incredible tight strata of layers. Black-current. Damson, sweet plums. but also a slatey, dark grip that builds majestically. Uncompromising and incredible.L&S(May 2019)

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