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Single Evening Tasting, London: 2017 Vintage Port
30th October 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
2017 A MAGNIFICENT VINTAGE PORT YEAR
”It would have been unthinkable not to declare this vintage.” Christian Seely of Quinta do Noval
“The 2017 Vintage Port is epic and a triumph, the best I’ve witnessed in all my years at Niepoort…” Dirk Niepoort
”The start of the harvest was the earliest in a generation. The last time picking started this early was in the legendary vintage of 1945. The thick skinned, perfectly ripened grapes produced dense, firmly structured wines, with impressive depth and reserves of aroma. Many of the wines display an attractive minerality which brings a touch of elegance and restraint to the powerful fruit. At a time when out of the ordinary years are all put down to climate change, it is comforting to read Dick Yeatman’s 1945 Harvest Report and see an almost identical season to 2017. Let us hope the Ports from the 2017 harvest also follow the quality of those from 1945.” David Guimaraens of Taylor Fladgate
2017 Churchill’s Quinta da Gricha
2017 Quinta do Noval
2017 Quinta do Vesuvio & 2011 Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio
2017 & 2011 Warre’s
2017 & 2011 Graham’s
2017 & 2011 Fonseca’s
2017 & 2011 Taylor’s
18 Wines, and plenty of cheese ………… £100.00
This tasting will be seated, with the wines available to pour yourselves, so that you can taste and compare at your own pace.
It is extremely rare to declare ‘back to back’ vintages, but the quality of the 2017’s was such that, as Christian Seely put it: ”It would have been unthinkable not to declare this vintage.” And, as you can see, comparisons are being made with 1945! So it will make sense to have a few 2011’s as a comparative foil. There will be five 2011’s, the cream, as it seemed to me, from the last tasting, where the 2011’s were clearly more ‘muscular’ and concentrated than the more elegant and ‘refined’ 2016’s.
As before, I am able to put this number (and range) of wines on at this price because I have just received the 2017’s as samples and, as with the 2011’s earlier this year, it seemed a waste not to be able to share them.