Fonseca 2017 Vintage Port In Bond – Case of 6x75cl IB

Fonseca 2017 Vintage Port is released for sale.

The Taylor Fladgate Partnership 2017 Vintage Port Declaration has all the hallmarks of the 2016 Vintage Ports, which were elegant and harmonious, had purity of fruit, a vibrant acidity and firm, beautifully integrated tannins that were of great quality. In contrast, the 2017s are classic ‘old school’ Vintage Ports, deep and intense, with rich, dark, multi-layered fruit and powerful, compact tannins.

A narrow magenta ring around a core of inky purple black. The nose opens with a burst of dark, woodland fruit, dense and succulent, blended with fresher, more vibrant red berry aromas. A slatey minerality holds this exuberant fruitiness in check. At this stage, the nose is still reserved and discreetly aromatic, revealing leafy, balsamic scents and cedary notes of sawn wood. The first impression on the palate, as on the nose, is of tightly packed, dense dark berry fruit, which then explodes on the mid-palate and surges into the long finish. The texture is round and velvety but the taut, sinewy tannins and a strand of crisp acidity provide firmness and structure. The layered, complex fruit typical of Fonseca holds sway over this weighty, powerful wine.

“Great intensity of aromas with vibrant red berries and dates alongside mineral and balsamic notes. Fonseca is always an exuberant style of Vintage Port but the muscular tannins and sharp acidity make the 2017 really promising. Deep, complex and powerful.”
Celia Buridant, Davy’s Wine Merchants

“Picking began at Quinta do Panascal on September 6, the two other quintas in Pinhão that form the 2017 Fonseca Vintage Port, Cruzeiro and Santo António picked on 10 and 17 September respectively. One of the deepest, most opaque color amongst the new Port alumni, it has one of the most backward, almost recalcitrant noses that demands a lot of aeration. It gradually opens to reveal blackberry, melted tar, thyme, clove and violet aromas that are well defined, if maybe just missing the same breeding as Taylor’s. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This is fresh and detailed, a slightly more structured Fonseca than expected, quite strict at first with good grip and a lightly spiced, precise finish. Powerful and long on the aftertaste, you can feel this Fonseca 60 seconds after the wine has exited. It deserves 10-15 years in bottle. Excellent, but patience required. The most enigmatic of the 2017 Vintage Ports. Total production is 8,100 cases. 95 points.”
Neal Martin, Vinous.com, June 2019.

“Deepest purple. Wild, perfectly ripe small black berries like elderberry but also the lush sweetness of ripe blackberries plus a stony, rocky edge and just a touch charry. Lush, plush and exotic on the palate, deep-pile, compact, smooth tannins, just enough freshness to balance the rich generosity. The finish is beautifully dry-tasting, the tannins melting on the long finish. Drink 2027-2057. 17.5 points.”
Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2019.

Please enquire regarding other bottle sizes by emailing privatecellars@davy.co.uk.

Offered for sale ‘En Primeur’ under bond. Price shown is per case (6x75cl bottles) and excludes UK duty and VAT which will be charged at the prevailing rate when the wine is released from bond. Onward delivery from bond charges are not included, free delivery on orders above £100 does not apply. Reward Card points are not accruable or redeemable on ‘En Primeur’ or In Bond sales.

Fonseca Crusted Port & Farmhouse Cheddar Truckle Gift Box

A bottle of Fonseca Crusted Port with a with a 200g hand made waxed English Farmhouse Cheddar truckle. Crusting port is a traditional style, essentially an unfiltered LBV which therefore throws a sediment and will continue to age and improve in the bottle over the years. Presented in a sturdy and smart presentation box.

Please note those products won’t be dispatched before 20th November

1997 Fonseca Vintage Port

Fonseca is a young port house but already has gain the reputation of a Premium Vintage Port producer with their wines ranking amongst the best. They are now a pioneer of organic and sustainable viticulture in the Douro Valley.

“Somewhat of a lightweight for Fonseca, but undeniably charming, this dark ruby/purple-colored 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. Anticipated maturity: now-2020.”93pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, January 2000

1992 Fonseca Vintage Port

Fonseca is a young port house but already has gain the reputation of a Premium Vintage Port producer with their wines ranking amongst the best. They are now a pioneer of organic and sustainable viticulture in the Douro Valley.

“The 1992 is a majestic young port that should ultimately rival, perhaps even surpass this house’s most recent great efforts (1985, 1977, 1970, 1963). This colossal vintage port reveals a nearly opaque black/purple color, and an explosive nose of jammy black fruits, licorice, chocolate, and spices. Extremely full-bodied and unctuously-textured, this multi-layered, enormously-endowed port reveals a finish that lasts for over a minute. It is a magnificent port that will age well for 30-40 years.” 97pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, February 1995

1994 Fonseca Vintage Port

Fonseca is a young port house but already has gain the reputation of a Premium Vintage Port producer with their wines ranking amongst the best. They are now a pioneer of organic and sustainable viticulture in the Douro Valley.

Very fresh and elegant vintage port with intense blackcurrant fruits, and first hints of maturity.  Incredible balance of fine fruit and the first hints of bottle maturity.

“Hold on to your hat. This is the best Fonseca since 1977 – probably even better than that of the legendary vintage – more like the breathtaking 1948. Masses of color, aroma and fruit flavor. Big, full bodied and very sweet, with tons of tannins and a sweet finish.”  – 100 Pts James Suckling, The Wine Spectator, April 1997

2004 Fonseca Guimaraens Vintage Port

Fonseca is a young port house but already has gain the reputation of a Premium Vintage Port producer with their wines ranking amongst the best. They are now a pioneer of organic and sustainable viticulture in the Douro Valley.

In the early 1950’s, the rising demand for Vintage ports led Fonseca to create a second vintage port under the ‘Guimaraens’ label. Dark purple, almost opaque fortified and sweet red wine with lovely, rich, full blackberry aromas and attractive floral and liquorice scents. This is a big, very rich and well rounded wine bursting with blackberry fruit, medium to full bodied with a smooth, silky finish.

2000 Fonseca Vintage Port

Fonseca is a young port house but already has gain the reputation of a Premium Vintage Port producer with their wines ranking amongst the best. They are now a pioneer of organic and sustainable viticulture in the Douro Valley.

Intense aromas with pure blackberry and dry fruits alondside licorice note. The palate has smooth tannins and a delicate texture with refreshing acidity. Very harmonious, complex and precise.

Fonseca Crusted Port

Made from a blend of vintages and bottled in 2007 without fining or filtration, this is a blend of rich and full-bodied Ports. Over the years spent in Fonseca’s cellars this has gained in character and complexity and the result is a vintage style Port, available for a fraction of the cost.

Powerful with aromas of dark berry fruit, raspberry, redcurrants and a hint of mint. Complex palate with firm tannin balanced and a great finish.  Decant to remove any sediment and breathe for an hour or so to enjoy this fully.

Croft 2017 Vintage Port In Bond – Case of 6x75cl IB

Croft 2017 Vintage Port is released for sale.

The Taylor Fladgate Partnership 2017 Vintage Port Declaration has all the hallmarks of the 2016 Vintage Ports, which were elegant and harmonious, had purity of fruit, a vibrant acidity and firm, beautifully integrated tannins that were of great quality. In contrast, the 2017s are classic ‘old school’ Vintage Ports, deep and intense, with rich, dark, multi-layered fruit and powerful, compact tannins.

Croft is dense inky core fading to a magenta rim. A seductive nose, ripe and voluptuous but with the depth and density characteristic of the 2017 vintage. As usual, plump, juicy blackcurrant, black cherry and raspberry form the backdrop. However, the nose is soon drawn into a vortex of heady, complex aroma in which resiny scents of eucalyptus and gumcistus blend with pungent notes of sage and mint, fresh hints of grapefruit and a mellow spiciness. On the palate, firm, sinewy tannins are wrapped in a thick envelope of dense, velvety texture. As is often the case, this is one of the most exotic and beguiling wines of the vintage. However, it is also a weighty wine, dense and deeply coloured, with the concentration and stamina to ensure a long life in bottle. One of the finest Croft Vintages of recent years.

“Deep purple with wide purple rim. The most red-fruited of all the Fladgate 2017s so far but lots of sweet black cherry too. Much more gentle on the palate than the Fonseca and Taylor’s and less obvious length, or at least much softer and chocolatey as it fades on the palate. This is all about the fruit and has lovely freshness and lively fruit purity. Mouth-watering finish of sweet-sour cherry flavours. Drink 2027-47. 18 points.”
Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2019.

Please enquire regarding other bottle sizes by emailing privatecellars@davy.co.uk.

Offered for sale ‘En Primeur’ under bond. Price shown is per case (6x75cl bottles) and excludes UK duty and VAT which will be charged at the prevailing rate when the wine is released from bond. Onward delivery from bond charges are not included, free delivery on orders above £100 does not apply. Reward Card points are not accruable or redeemable on ‘En Primeur’ or In Bond sales.

2003 Graham’s Vintage Port – Half bottle

Graham’s Port has been renowned for producing some of the finest Port wines for almost 200 years. Owned by the Symington’s since 1970, Graham’s is the only remaining British Port company independently owned by a single family. It was also one of the first Port house to invest in its own vineyards and is now at the cutting edge of innovation in winemaking techniques.

“Deep, saturated ruby. Initially reticent aromas of dark chocolate and nuts; showed a high-pitched eucalyptus quality as it opened in the glass. Then almost shockingly huge and rich in fruit, with wonderfully lush, complex flavors of cassis, violet, minerals, spices, flowers and exotic chocolate. The tannins are seductively sweet, yet the finish boasts terrific focus, not to mention outstanding persistence. In terms of sheer palate-saturating flavor and texture, this runs a close second to Fonseca among these 2003s. For long aging.”95 pts Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, January 2006

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