Madeira is made on the volcanic island of the same name situated in the Atlantic ocean some 400 miles off the North African coast. The sub-tropical island was discovered in 1419 and named for the word for wood or timber.
This sweet, amber-tinged Madeira, has keen acidity and a long and mellow finish, with a certain delicacy.
*Bottled in 2014
Price: £79.95 (2 in Stock)
1994 was a great vintage for Port, with a slow and long ripening period to add a great deal of complexity to the wine. This example of vintage Port, from Qunita de la Rosa, is a wine of concentration and complexity but with great restraint as one can always expect from la Rosa. The wine is now entering its drinking "window" and will give great pleasure from now until 2030 at least.
The la Rosa 1994 Vintage Port is more delicate and subtle than say the muscular 1992, and though likely to last as long, will come forward for drinking sooner. It has intense colour and is a nicely elegant and complex wine which will cellar well.
Price: £89.95 (33 in Stock)
Late Bottled Vintage Port
The 1992 Late Bottled Vintage Port from Quinta de al Rosa is now a red orange colour. Nose of sweet black cherry, alcohol and cocoa. Flavour starts with sweet cherry and raisins, followed by some cherry-chocolate. Very smooth and pleasant.
Price: £59.95 (41 in Stock)
Quinta do Passadouro, Vintage Port
In the nose a lot of alcohol. It has a powerful nose but it’s not very complex. Liquorice, dark fruit, dark chocolate. There is also an amaretto cookie element coming through which is quite nice.
Taste: A creamy velvet texture. At the start a lot of freshness which is followed up very quickly with a lot of alcohol that attacks the palate. Dried fruit, some liquorice, and a really nice acidity.
Price: £89.95 (5 in Stock)
Ryst Dupeyron Reserve Joseph Millesime vintage Armagnac
The 1994 Dupeyron Armagnac is the expression of a single year and has a unique character associated with the year and the cask in which it has been stored. These vintages are bottled at the alcohol level in which they naturally come out of the cask. There is a wonderful contrast between the sweet and sour flavours of wood, amplified by the strong alcoholic degree. Rich palate feeling the alcohol and the concentration of dry plums, spicy with persistent flavour of rancio and of spices, but round, soft and long in the finish. The tannins are very present, but full-bodied and round.
The Maison Ryst-Dupeyon was founded by Joseph Dupeyron in 1905.
Price: £68.95 (5 in Stock)
Knipser - Pinot Rosè Brut Nature
The winery Knipser from Laumersheim in the Palatinate is an outstanding German winery. The critics of the Gault Millau count the Palatine Knipser with the highest rating of 5 stars even the world's top. The special thing about Knipser wine is the consistently high quality: whether red or white, under the direction of Volker, Werner and Stephan Knipser, great wines are constantly being produced. It was first the Knipser red wine, by which the winery from the Palatinate became famous in the 90s. A proven way of the winery Knipser it is also to offer wines until the ripe for sale. Partially, the wine in Laumersheim stored for years in the winery, before it is brought to maturity at the best maturity.
Price: £59.00 (8 in Stock)
***91 Points- CellarTracker***
Fourth bottle from a half case purchased ten years ago and in fine fettle. Mature and drinking well now at 22 years of age, still vigorous and with gentle tertiary development in the form of some nutty warmth, ever so slightly stalky on the nose. Core of black cherries and dark chocolate on the palate, medium weight and intensity, light tannins, no excessive alcoholic heat, good length. A solid performance.
**Tasted on 7/1/2016 by XAVIER AUERBACH. www.cellartracker.com**
Price: £89.95 (6 in Stock)
100 Points – Wine Spectator
"In a word, superb. It's full-bodied, moderately sweet and incredibly tannic, but there's amazing finesse and refinement to the texture, not to mention fabulous, concentrated aromas of raspberries, violets and other flowers. Perhaps the greatest Taylor ever, it's better than either the '92 or the '70, though it's very like the '70 in structure."
This classically made, opaque purple-coloured wine is crammed with black fruits (blueberries and cassis). It reveals high tannin and a reserved style, but it is enormously constituted with massive body, a formidable mid-palate, and exceptional length.
Price: £149.00 (5 in Stock)
Cantenac (Margaux), cru bourgeois superierur
This quality estate has produced a wine with excellent colour saturation (dark ruby), a soft, ripe, generously fruity, totally charming style that offers ripeness, a silky texture, and very good to excellent concentration. With no hard edges, the 1994 d'Angludet provides delicious drinking.
Parker rating 84/100
Drink from now until 2013
Price: £32.95 (0 in Stock)