1998
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1998 Taylor's

Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port, HALF BOTTLE (37.5cl)
Presented in a Leather-Effect Box with Silk Liner

The elegant and finely constituted wines of Vargellas are remarkable for their complex fruit, their distinctive scented quality and their well integrated sinewy tannins. These are most clearly discernible in the Quinta de Vargellas single estate Vintage Ports with their hallmark fragrance. Quinta de Vargellas is pre-eminent among the wine estates of the Douro. Located in the wild and hilly eastern reaches of the valley, it has been prized as a source of the finest ports since the 1820s. Today it ranks among the great vineyards of the world.

Very typical Taylor's style on the nose, rather reserved, spicy and stylish fruit.

Price: £39.95 (7 in Stock)

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Barbaresco, 1998

Michele Chiarlo

Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.

Price: £79.00 (4 in Stock)

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Blandys Madeira, 1998

Verdelho Colheita Madeira (H/Litre, 50cl) Includes gift box as illustrated

***Silver Medal – Decanter 2015***

***Silver Medal – IWSC 2015

This Verdelho has a clear, light golden colour. On the nose, lemon marmalade, lemon grass honey and notes of brandy. On the palate, medium dry, very fresh and vibrant with well-balanced acidity and residual sugar.

Cellarage & Serving
This wine should be stored upright in a dark room with constant temperature, ideally no higher than 16ºC. Decanting is not necessary, but will help remove any deposit that may have occurred in bottle over time. It has been bottled ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening.

Price: £49.99 (4 in Stock)

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Chateau Cissac, 1998

Medoc, Cru Bourgeois

Good colour, great legs and nose. Quite nice when opened. Perhaps a trace of liquorice and a hint of 'medicinal' character. After 3-4 hours - quite rich and aromatic with good cherry fruit and a touch of maraschino at the end. Tannins are soft and have integrated completely.

Price: £39.95 (5 in Stock)

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Chateau Cos d'Estournel, 1998

St Estephe, 2nd Growth Classification

*** 88 Points - Robert Parker ***

The nose is quite smoky and dusty, with a touch of green pepper. Very masculine, as is the palate that is foursquare, with dusty tannins, cigar box and blackberry leaf. It is very Saint Estephe with its earthy finish.

"Bottled in April, 2000, this elegant, stylish, graceful wine is an attractive, dark ruby/purple-colored effort with subtle notes of sweet oak, licorice, herbs, and black fruits. While not massive, it is medium-bodied and ripe, with sweet tannin. Forty-eight percent of the production was utilized in this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.

Price: £149.00 (2 in Stock)

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Chateau La Lagune, 1998

Haut Medoc, 3rd Growth Classification

This is a very fine La Lagune. A deep garnet core with tawny rim, the nose straightlaced with cedar, smoke, a touch of cranberry and a little cracked black pepper. The palate is medium-bodied, dry and solid, firm and stoic. Good weight on the finish, and a lingering tobacco aftertaste. Drinking now.

Price: £79.95 (10 in Stock)

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Chateau la Tour Figeac, 1998

St Emilion Grand Cru Bordeaux

The 1998 Chateau la Tour Figeac has a dark cherry core color, bricking at waist. All leather, graphite, cigar box and pencil shavings upon opening. Fleshy merlot texture, acidic balance, integrated tannins. With aeration, smoky and roasted fruits came to the fore - like charcoal filtered plums. Textbook 60/40 blend. As others have observed, this is squarely in its drinking window and showing really well.

Price: £59.00 (2 in Stock)

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1998

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

***98 Parker Points***

In a less than perfect Medoc vintage, the 1998 Chateau Lafite has been spectacular since birth, putting on more weight and flesh over the last year. This opaque purple-coloured 1998 is close to perfection. The spectacular nose of lead pencil, smokey, mineral, and black currant fruit soars majestically from the glass. The wine is elegant yet profoundly rich, revealing the essence of Lafite's character. The tannin is sweet, and the wine is spectacularly layered yet never heavy. The finish is sweet, super-rich, yet impeccably balanced and long (50+ seconds).
*Robert M.

Price: £795.00 (1 in Stock)

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Chateau Latour , 1998

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

Many regard Latour as the greatest of Bordeaux's Premier Crus.

Price: £445.00 (1 in Stock)

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Chateau Latour , 1998

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

The 1998 Chateau Latour is a refined, elegant offering with a dark ruby colour, sweet cassis fruit, attractive fat, surprisingly soft tannin, and a good finish. There is firmness and muscle in the background, but this is not an enormous or powerful Latour. However, it is very pure, with the vineyard's mineral/black fruit character presented in a medium-weight format.

Price: £445.00 (1 in Stock)

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