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Portugal

The Port Houses of Oporto and the Douro Valley declare a vintage only when conditions are absolutely right, and the resulting quality of the wines merits it - this occurs on average once every three or four years.  The declaration is made almost two years after the vintage, by tradition on St George's Day, and is followed by a flurry of activity as samples are made available and tastings take place.  Wines are then sold for delivery 8 months or so later, and consumption after many years of patient cellaring.

Aside from that activity, the Port houses produce a host of other wines - Late Bottled Vintages, Single Quinta wines, and fabulous aged Tawnys to name but three.  Port can of course be drunk on occasions other than at the end of long, formal dinners.  Aged Tawny Port for example is incredibly refreshing when served cold with puddings, and the others make superb accompaniments to cheese.  The skill and attention to detail involved in making wines of such outstanding quality from these incredibly steep, terraced vineyards, make these remarkable value for money relative to their peers.


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Chapoutier

M. Chapoutier is one of the greatest producers in the entire Rhône valley, and indeed this esteemed house regularly makes wines which compete with the best made anywhere in the world. Chapoutier’s wines consistently achieve an exceptional degree of terroir expression along with compelling richness and finesse; the result of outstanding old-vine vineyard sites producing tiny yields of exceptional fruit (in a typical year production ranges between only 100-700 cases of each of the famous 'Sélections Parcellaires'), combined with the expert application of biodynamic techniques in the vineyard and highly skilled, highly sensitive winemaking. Every wine is a triumph.

 
Chapoutier
2007 Ex Aequo, Domaine Dos Santos & Chapoutier x 6
 2010-2017
 6 Bottles
£150.00
£194.40
Profound concentration of dark plum and biary fruit. Incredible power on the palate and huge length. Tannins are succulent, ripe and wonerfully integrated. 

Ramos Pinto

NV Quinta do Bom Retiro 20 Year Old Tawny, Ramos Pinto x 6 x 50cl
 2016-2025
 6 50cl Bottles
£143.00
£185.10
 

Symington

The Symington website can be found at http://www.symington.com/section.php?id=329

 
Quinta dos Malvedos
2000 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port
 2015-2030
 12 Bottles
£320.50
£423.00
One of the great value buys in any vintage declaration. 

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