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Where available, tasting scores and notes are by Robert Parker (RP) and taken from his website www.erobertparker.com 
or Stephen Tanzer (
ST) from www.wineaccess.com, or
and Wine Spectator (
WS) from www.winespectator.com
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Price per
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Tasting
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Best Drinking
           
    MADEIRA      
    HENRIQUES & HENRIQUES
Henriques & Henriques was founded in 1850 by Joao Joachim Goncalves Henriques, and through a family member they owned some of the finest vineyards in Camara de Lobos where, allegedly, the island’s first vines were planted in 1425.
   
 
4
50cl
 

Single Harvest Bual Madeira
Henriques & Henriques

 

2000 £30.00

BIN END PRICE

The 2000 Medium Rich Single Harvest has an attractive walnut-scented bouquet with a touch of orange zest emerging with aeration. The palate is well-balanced with a zesty entry. There is crisp acidity and a satisfying rounded, honeyed finish that offers roasted walnuts and smoke on the aftertaste.
2
75cl
 

20 Year Old Verdelho (Medium Dry) Madeira
Henriques & Henriques

 

NV £38.00

BIN END PRICE

This Madeira has a terse, orange rind, California raisin and dried apricot-scented bouquet with attractive resinous aromas emerging with aeration. The palate is well-balanced with superb acidity, crisp, honeyed fruit and a delicious spicy finish that is focused and tense.
5
75cl
 

20 Year Old Malvasia (Sweet) Madeira
Henriques & Henriques

 

NV £38.00

BIN END PRICE

This Madeira has a has a toffee and clove-scented nose.
 The palate has a fine entry with spice and white pepper notes. There is a decent core of toffee-tinged fruit as well as a precise, elegant finish.
           
    VINTAGE PORT      
    CROFT    
 
10
75cl
Croft Vintage Port

RP - The 1994 Croft exhibits an impressive dark ruby/purple colour, and a developed, forward, more evolved style than expected. It is moderately sweet, full-bodied, expansive, pure, and rich, but made in an up-front, flattering style. Although outstanding, it is not one of the superstars of the vintage.
1994 £44.00 RP90
2000-20

Top Port Vintage!

           
    DOW    
 
19
75cl
Dow Vintage Port

Wine Spectator -
Powerful, refined and luscious, with a surplus of dark plum, kirsch and cassis flavours that are unctuous and long. Shows plenty of grip, presenting a long, full finish, filled with Asian spice and raspberry tart accents. Rich and chocolaty. One for the ages.
2011 £175.00
WS99
2024-65

This
Port from the stellar 2011 vintage has been selected as Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year for 2014, the top ranking in the magazine's annual Top 100 list of the most exciting wines.
5
75cl
Dow Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Amazing aromas of lilac, violet, crushed blueberry and mineral that turn to black pepper and spices follow through to a full-bodied, medium-sweet palate, with a long, chewy finish. Evolves to tar and asphalt. Really held back, yet powerful grip slaps you, and makes you happy. This is mind-blowing in texture.
The greatest Dow ever made.
2007 £89.00 WS100
2020-50

BIN END PRICE

3
75cl
Dow Vintage Port

RP - The complex aromatics of the opaque, black-coloured 2003 Dow Vintage Port display chocolate, dried oak, black cherries, blackberries, copious spices, and a myriad flowers. This fresh, backward wine offers a medium to full-bodied, deeply concentrated core of spice-laced dark fruits. Softly-textured and seductive in the mid-palate, it boasts abundant layers of candied Damson plums, blueberries, black cherries, molasses, and hints of chocolate before revealing its firm structure. Extremely youthful and primary, this exceptional effort demands patience.
2003 £40.00 RP94
2025-45

BIN END PRICE

13
75cl
Dow Vintage Port

RP - An opaque blue/purple colour (typical of this vintage's top offerings) is followed by a strikingly provocative aromatic display (flowers, liquorice, blackberries, and cassis). This firmly-structured, classic, tightly-knit, restrained port exhibits brilliant purity as well as impressive intensity. While not the most dramatic or flamboyant, it is a beautiful, classically structured port that will age gracefully.
2000 £41.00 RP94
2010-35
2
37.5cl
Dow Vintage Port

As above, but
HALF-BOTTLES
2000 £22.00 RP94
2008-32

BIN END PRICE

 

8
75cl
Dow Vintage Port

Wine Searcher
- Blackberry and plum character. Full-bodied, velvety and balanced. Lovely velvety tannins, sweet and long. Soft-textured yet fresh and racy. A beauty. This is would be better with a little more age, but already pretty.
1997 £34.00 WS94
2009-30

BIN END PRICE

7
75cl
Dow Vintage Port

RP - The massive 1994 is unquestionably the finest Dow I have tasted since the 1977. This opaque purple-coloured wine is not as developed or flamboyant as Fonseca, but it is super-concentrated and multi-layered, with huge masses of fruit and some tannin in the finish. This is a slightly drier style than Fonseca or Graham's, but it appears to be a classic, majestic, enormously constituted 1994 that should age effortlessly for three decades or more.
It is one of the stars of the vintage.
1994 £52.00 RP96
2004-30

BIN END PRICE

           
    FONSECA    
 
13
75cl
Fonseca Vintage Port

RP - A limpid purple garnet core. The nose is quintessential Fonseca, like a riotous party reaching its crescendo in the glass. Macerated black cherries, eau-de-vie, damson, fig and a touch of Seville orange. Then what is fascinating is that the uproar dies down with aeration, becomes more focused...as if the host has asked everyone to quieten down. The palate is powerful and spicy on the entry, sweet ripe black berried fruits, a touch of spice, fig and apricot, lovely cohesion and weight building towards a deeply joyous finish that lacquers the mouth in port-like reverie. Perhaps more approachable than the 2000 or the 2003 at this stage, this is a marvellous Fonseca.
2007 £50.00 RP96
2015-45
1
75cl
Fonseca Vintage Port

RP - Dense ruby/purple-coloured, with an exotic, exuberant perfume of black fruits, flowers, incense, and liquorice, this unctuously-textured, full-bodied port is one of the most concentrated of the vintage. Sweet, expansive, and succulent, this large-scaled, but remarkably well-balanced effort is surprisingly forward and accessible (by Fonseca's standards).
2000 £45.00 RP95
2006-25
11
75cl
Fonseca Vintage Port

RP - Somewhat of a lightweight for Fonseca, but undeniably charming, this dark ruby/purple-coloured wine offers a floral, exotic, flamboyant bouquet, a sweet, fleshy style, but not a great deal of weight or massiveness. Heady alcohol, sweet tannin, and a velvety texture make for a gorgeous finish. While I would have preferred to have seen more weight, structure, and intensity, this is an outstanding, albeit lighter than normal Fonseca.
1997 £42.00 RP93
2005-20
           
    GOULD CAMPBELL    
 
5
75cl
Gould Campbell
Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Rich aromas of plum and fresh stem, with a leafy undertone. Intense strawberry. Full, lightly sweet, chewy and solid. This has grip. Juicy. Lots going on. Youthful and structured. Beautiful.
1997 £28.00 WS91
2009-35

BIN END PRICE

 

7
75cl
Gould Campbell
Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Very perfumed and beautiful, with a generous, ripe berry, cherry and mineral character and masses of fruit. Full-bodied and fat, it's medium-sweet with a long, tannic finish. A big and voluptuous young vintage Port. Better now than when tasted as a barrel sample.
1994 £32.00 WS92
2012-30

BIN END PRICE

 

           
    W. & J. GRAHAM'S    
 
2
75cl
Graham's
Vintage Port

RP
- A candidate for wine of the vintage, the 2007 Graham’s Vintage Port is complete in every way. Opaque purple-coloured, it offers up an ethereal perfume of smoke, mineral, Asian spices, incense, an amalgam of ripe black fruits, and a hint of chocolate in the background. This leads to a dense, super-rich, plush, opulent wine that hides its structure under all the fruit. Vibrant, impeccably balanced, and exceptionally lengthy, it will easily age for another 25-30 years in the cellar and drink well through 2050, probably longer. It is a tour de force.
2007 £68.00 RP97
2010-50
15
75cl
Graham's
 Vintages Port

RP
- Violets, roses, spices, and candied dark fruits emanate from the glass of the murky black/purple coloured 2003 Graham Vintage Port. After four days of air, this wine’s aromatics sweetened further, displaying jammy blackberry and blueberry scents. Bold, full-bodied, and expansive, the Graham benefited the most from extensive contact with air of all the 2003s tasted for this report. This opulently jammy wine assaults the palate with powerful yet soft layers of oily, candied red fruits as well as notes of tar and hints of mocha.
A highly concentrated effort, it is creamy textured, suave, and reveals an admirably long finish filled with additional layers of dark fruits intermingled with spices.
2003 £48.00 RP95
2015-55
11
75cl
Graham's
Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Plum and blackberry on the nose, with hints of dried violets. Wet earth. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, very chewy and rich. Long and caressing. Still very tight. Give it time. Very layered and structured. Much better than I remember. Impressive.
1997 £45.00 WS95
2010-40
3
75cl
Graham's
 Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- A big, tough, young vintage Port that's closed and difficult to taste. Emits lovely aromas of chocolate, berry and plum, and is full-bodied with lots of sweet, fruit flavours and masses of velvety tannins. Long, sweet finish.
1994 £48.00 WS95
2010-40
11
75cl
Graham's
 Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Lovely plum and coffee aromas open to a full-bodied palate, with sweet, decadent fruit. Velvety, with a long finish. Lots going on.
1991 £49.00 WS93
2009-30
6
75cl
Graham's
Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Dark colour, with intense aromas of blackberry, liquorice and hints of flowers. Full-bodied, lightly sweet, with super refined tannins. Long and caressing. Very youthful. Will improve for a long time. This is really excellent. Always has been. Just starting to come around.
1985 £64.00 WS96
2010-32
           
    QUINTA DO NOVAL SILVAL    
 
120
75cl
Quinta do Noval Silval
Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Violet and crushed berries on the nose, with currant. Full-bodied and lightly sweet, with a solid core of ripe fruit and chewy tannins that are polished and refined.
2007 £35.00 WS93
2015-30
           
    QUINTA DO VESUVIO    
 
57
75cl
Quinta do Vesuvio
Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Fascinating aromas of citrus fruits, blueberry and dried flowers, with tar notes as well, lead to a full-bodied, medium-sweet palate, with a black pepper and spice undertone to the rich, ripe berry fruit. Turns chewy and tannic on the finish. So much to come with age in the bottle. Very typical for Vesuvio.
2007 £41.00 WS94
2017-42
18
75cl
Quinta do Vesuvio
Vintage Port

RP
- Quinta do Vesuvio's saturated blue/purple colour is more dense than many of its peers. Impressive in the mouth, with full body, sweet crème de cassis and blackberry liqueur intermixed with smoke, earth, and spice, this sensual effort possesses elegance allied to power and authority. Complex, fat, rich, and intense, it is exceptionally stylish.
2000 £39.00 RP91
2006-20+
36
75cl
Quinta do Vesuvio
Vintage Port

RP
- A delicious, forward, dark saturated ruby/purple-coloured port, this 1997 reveals copious quantities of jammy, grapy, black fruit flavours intermixed with earth and spice, full body, and silky tannin. It should drink well soon, but last for two decades.
1997 39.00 RP90
Now-2020
           
    NIEPOORT      
60
75cl
Niepoort Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Dark colour. Intense aromas of blackberries, liquorice and iodine. Full-bodied and lightly sweet, with wonderfully integrated tannins. Long and caressing, yet wonderfully structured. Sexy
2003 £41.00 WS95
2015-40
51
75cl
Niepoort Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Thick and jammy, with loads of blackberry and plum character. Full, very sweet and round. Caresses your palate. Very fruit-driven, but lots of tannin structure as well. Sneaks up on you with the power. Was a bodybuilder, but now a long distance runner. Love it.
1997 £41.00 WS96
2012-35
           
    TAYLOR FLADGATE      
12
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP
- The 2011 Taylor’s Vintage 2011 has a multifaceted, Pandora’s Box of a nose that is mercurial in the glass: cassis at first before blackberry and raspberry politely ask it to move aside, followed by wilted rose petals and Dorset plum. Returning after one 45 minutes that nose has shut up shop. The palate is sweet and sensual on the entry, plush and opulent, with copious black cherries, boysenberry and cassis fruit, curiously more reminiscent of Fonseca! It just glides across the palate with a mouth-coating, glycerine-tinged finish that has a wonderful lightness of touch, demonstrating how Vintage Port is so much more accessible in its youth nowadays. But don’t let that fool you into dismissing the seriousness or magnitude of this outstanding Taylor’s.
2011 £65.00 RP98
2025-55
12
75cl
Taylor
Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha
Vintage Port

RP
- As a reminder, the Vinha Vehla is a selection of old vine fruit from the terraces of Polverinho and Renova do Armazem. Comparing it directly with the Taylor’s, there is even more complexity and volume on the nose, with black currant, dark plum and a more accentuated crushed stone aroma that lends it wonderful terroir expression. Like the Fonseca, it develops compelling marine scents after 30-40 minutes in the glass, like stepping over rock pools when you were a kid. The palate is medium-bodied with sumptuous, sensual ripe tannins that layer the mouth. There is a palpable sense of harmony and composure to this Vinha Velha and there is a lot of horsepower, more so than the Taylor’s, on the multi-dimensional finish. The intensity of fruit means that it does not quite have the same degree of tension as the Taylor’s, but the depth and breadth of this young Port suggests it will be a seriously long-term fortified wine.
2011 £232.00 RP98
2025-75
12
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP
- Remarkably deep in colour, almost to the verge of being opaque. The nose is very well defined but much more introverted than Fonseca - aloof, stentorian, correct. The palate is full-bodied, beautifully defined, great weight that is channelled in one direction. Brilliant focus here, less extrovert than Fonseca of course but more refined and sophisticated. Certainly this is a Taylors for long-term ageing, one can feel it reserving its energy for 20-years down the line. Great backbone here. Very harmonious towards the finish that really caresses the palate, with a hint of white pepper lingering in the mouth.
Wonderful.
2007 £52.00 RP97
2015-45
39
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP
- The 2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port improved each time I raised it to my nose or mouth. It displays a black colour and a salty, graphite-laced nose packed with sweet black fruits that is reminiscent of a stellar vintage of Chateau Latour. With air, notes of molasses, burnt sugar, spices, and jammy plums emanate from the glass. Full-bodied, hugely dense, immensely rich, as well as thick, this behemoth is also amazingly balanced and harmonious. Raisins, molasses, liquorice, black cherries, plums, and a distinctive note of violets are found in its complex, seamless character. Its interminable finish reveals additional notes of chocolate, kirsch, red as well as black currants, dark cherries, and rose blossoms. Armed with exceptional power, depth, and purity, this Taylor will proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with the finest ever crafted by the Fladgate Partnership.
2003 £75.00 RP99
2035-60
1
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP
- Among the most saturated blue/purple/black-coloured examples of the vintage, Taylor's 2000 tastes like a young vintage of Chateau Latour on steroids. Aromas of graphite, blackberry liqueur, crème de cassis and smoke jump from the glass. Spectacularly concentrated and enormously endowed, with sweetness allied to ripe tannin, decent acidity, and layer upon layer of fruit and extract, this is the leading candidate for the port of the vintage.
2000 £58.00 RP98
2010-40
6
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP
- Saturated black/purple-coloured, with stunning aromatics of blueberries, blackberries, liquorice, and iron, this spectacular vintage port is one of the stars of the vintage.
Extremely full-bodied, with silky tannin, spectacular concentration and purity, multiple flavour levels,
and an evolved, forward personality, this is an exquisite yet precocious 1997 vintage port.
1997 £54.00 RP96
2004-30
12
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Very Old Single Harvest Port
'Limited Edition'

RP/Mark Squires - The 1966 Single Harvest Tawny Port (i.e., a Colheita) is a traditional blend, aged in French and American oak. It comes in at 183 grams per litre of residual sugar. Surprisingly rich and fresh, this seems younger than its age. The complexity here is not quite as great as with some and the nuances of molasses and the like are controlled. On the other side of the coin, it has a rather sensual texture, finishing with a sugary burst. Underneath is the expected acidity and a bit of pop. Overall, it is rather seductive and quite delicious.

1966 £127.00 RP/MS94
2016-45

Every bottle is packed in an original Taylor's wooden presentation box.


Surely a ENGLAND 1966 Football World Cup anniversary celebration drink!

11
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Very Old Single Harvest Port
'Limited Edition'

RP/Neal Martin
- I allowed my glass of 1964 Taylor’s Very Old Single Harvest Port a couple of hours to open up in the glass, monitoring its evolution along the way. It is not a shy or retiring Port. Clear mahogany in color with a slight green tinge on the rim, the nose races out of the blocks like a young terrier let free in the garden, with intense aromas of grilled walnut, smoke, brown sugar, hints of caramel and a fug of alcohol that ebbs with time.
The palate is smooth and honeyed on the entry, a very seductive Port wine, quite sumptuous in style, but with enough volatile lift to maintain fieriness toward the viscous finish.
1964 £195.00 RP/NM95
2014-38

Every bottle is packed in an original Taylor's wooden presentation box.

 

This a wonderful drink for that special occasion!

           
    WARRE      
Reserved
for
Client
75cl
Warre Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- I love the nose on this, with blackberry, black liquorice, and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, medium sweet and very, very dense. What seductive mouthfeel, with polished, round tannins that caress the palate. This may be better than the fantastic 1994.
2007 £39.00 WS97
2015-40
5
75cl
Warre Vintage Port

Wine Spectator - Dark ruby. Subtle and rich aromas of prune, spice, juniper berry and leaves. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with big round tannins. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Still very young. It's lost its youthful toughness, but give it a little more time.
1997 £39.00 WS94
2010-35
           


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