1998 Single Wooden Box with Decanting Funnel
Single Quinta from the Fonseca stable which is showing very attractive signs of evolution and makes for delicious early drinking 'vintage' port. Sweet liquorice notes with dry plummy tannins and a very good finish. L&S (Oct 2014)
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Mid ruby. The nose is still a little unformed but there is most attractive violet lift on the nose. Not as concentrated as the Warre's Quint da Cavadinha offering from the same vintage but lots of fun with great charm. I suspect the nose will not develop into anything much more complex. GV (Good Value) Drinking range: 2014 - 2025 Rating: 17- Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2015)
Manuel Pedro Guimaraens bought out the Fonseca family's share of Fonseca & Monteiro in 1822, sold with the proviso that the Company would always bear the Fonseca name, and the Guimaraens family have controlled Fonseca ever since, even after absorbtion by Taylors, Fladgate & Yeatman in 1948. Not long after taking control of the Company, due to his support of the deposed King Pedro IV, Manuel was forced to flee Portugal (allegedly in an empty wine barrel) and settled in London, from where Fonseca was run until 1927 when the Guimaraens family returned to Portugal. David Guimaraens is the winemaker today, not only at Fonseca but Taylors too. In recent years especially, Fonseca and Taylors have elevated themselves clearly above their rivals for the sheer quality and prestige of their Vintage Ports.
If you can't treat yourself (or your guests) at Christmas, when can you? Sit back and enjoy this luxurious trawl through the best bits of our wine list. Seductive red and white Burgundy and a hearty, mature claret. Champagne, of course, Vintage and a Grand Cru belter. Some beautiful Vintage Port, and a drop of Sauternes to round any evening off. A very Merry Christmas.
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