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1996 Fonseca Port

Guimaraens Single Quinta Vintage Port (Price includes a solid oak gift box with silk liner as illustrated)

Tasting note:
Complex and elegant bottle matured bouquet. Plum and cherry fruit with spicy, aromatic background. Lean, stylish wine with good structure. Fresh, firm finish that holds well.
Reviews
"It is not without reason that Fonseca is described as the Margaux of the Douro; its wines have a femininity and grace that never flatter to deceive. The 1996 Single Quinta is a perfect example; combining fresh aromatics and layers of berry fruit flavours with a firm but unobtrusive tannic structure. Enormously concentrated, and perfectly balanced this wine is archetypical Fonseca." Parker, buyers Guide.

Price: £49.95 (5 in Stock)

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Barros Port, 1996

Vintage Port SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl

This is an old Tawny Port from a single year, matured in cask for at least 8 years before bottling. This is a honeyed, raisin-scented nutty Port, elegant and pungent in style, with a full-flavoured, warm palate.

Price: £49.95 (11 in Stock)

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Barros Port, 1996

Colheita Port

Vivid golden colour. Rich and elegant nose, combining the dried fruits aromas with the aromatic wood notes. Soft and silky in the taste, full with ripe figs and sweet flavours. A sensation of depth, in an elegant and distinctive style. Perfect and overwhelming finish.

Colheita, or single harvest ports, are aged in the barrel. Contrast this with vintage ports which are aged in the bottle and only have a short drinking window after opening. Colheita ports have had air working on them through the cask during all the years of aging, giving them a open-life of a month or longer. Lighter and more delicate than vintage ports,

Price: £34.95 (3 in Stock)

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Blandys Madeira, 1996

Malmsey Colheita Madeira

Blandys Colheita Madeira is aged in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional ‘Canteiro’ system, whereby the wine is gently heated by warm air in the lofts of the company’s south-facing lodge in Funchal. Over the years the casks are transferred from the top floor to the middle floor and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. The wine is regularly racked during the ageing process and is finally bottled when the desired balance of maturity is reached. Blandys 1996 Malmsey Colheita Madeira 50cl is 100% Bual and is a medium rich style of Madeira.

*Bottled in 2011

Price: £41.99 (4 in Stock)

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Cabreo, 1996

Il Borgo - Tenimenti Ruffino

Shows aristocratic aromas and flavors of black fruits and earth, a polished, velvety character on the palate and firm tannins. Pairs well with roasted meats, game and aged cheeses.

Price: £59.00 (1 in Stock)

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Chateau Batailley, 1996

Pauillac 5eme Cru Classe

The 1996 Chateau Batailley has turned out well.
"Dark crimson. Attractive, focused but still youthful cassis nose. Tannins pretty well melded. A very attractive, gentle, classic claret. Classy stuff. Very nice classic claret." 16.5/20 Jancis Robinson

Price: £64.95 (1 in Stock)

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Chateau Certan-de-may, 1996

Pomerol

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Moderately saturated medium red. Somewhat riper aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, smoke, tar, tobacco and pepper, plus a hint of green coffee beans. More intensely flavored and vinous than the '97; in a rather fruity style but a wine of modest sweetness. Finishes with tongue-dusting tannins and more length than the '97, but still betrays a slight greenness. (ST) (5/1998)

Price: £79.95 (2 in Stock)

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Chateau Fonreaud, 1996

Listrac Medoc
Jeroboam (5 Litres) in owc

This Jeroboam of Chateau Fonreaud would make the centrepiece of any celebration.

Long famous for the quality of its wines, Chateau Fonreaud is a prestigious Cru Bourgeois Superieur located in the commune of Listrac-Medoc. The vineyard is in a marvelous location on the highest elevation in the Medoc. The perfect combination of grape varieties grown on a diversity of soils expresses itself with style and distinction in the wine.

Chateau Fonreaud is round, full-bodied and smooth, with very ripe tannin. It spreads out deliciously on the palate and has an excellent structure. The vat room has numerous small temperature-controlled vats which make it possible to fine-tune winemaking in order to bring out the nuances of each vineyard plot.

Price: £195.00 (1 in Stock)

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Chateau Labegorce-Zede, 1996

Margaux

The 1996 Château Labégorce-Zédé displays a clear medium intensity ruby red colour slowly turning into garnet. It reveals a maturing nose of tobacco, dark fruit and an herbal note. The palate is spicy with vanilla tones, high tannin, medium acidity and medium length. A nice claret.

Price: £42.95 (3 in Stock)

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Chateau Lynch-Bages, 1996

Pauillac 5me Cru Classe

*** 93/100 - Robert Parker ***
The 1996 exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple color that is just beginning to lighten at the edge, surprisingly velvety tannins and a classic Pauillac bouquet of lead pencil shavings, cedarwood, black currants, sweet cherries and spice box. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, savory, broad wine is still five years away from full maturity. It should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years. Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (196), August 2011

Price: £179.00 (1 in Stock)

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