2018 Declarations

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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by Glenn E. » 20:52 Thu 20 Aug 2020

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When I first read this, I thought you would be referring to their 30-40-year-old tawnies or some ancient colheitas but it turns out they actually make a Port called “Very Old”!
"Very Old Port" is relatively new allowance on labels to give producers somewhere to put their non-registered family reserves, et al. As I recall, Very Old Tawny Port is also allowed. They can technically be sold as either "Very Old" or as "40 Year Old" Port. DR's L70 is fabulous and allegedly roughly 70 years old, thus the "clever" naming that everyone is doing these days. It can't say 70 years old on the label because that's not an approved category, so they name it Lot 70 or Glorious 50th Anniversary or CL and the true fans know what it is. Or even more blatantly, "60" or "100" with the quotes.

DR's L70 is the first and only time that I've seen my friend Vic give a Port 100 points. He liked it better than the 80-year old cask sample that we tried, and also better than the 1885. It's a very limited run of 200 bottles of which I have owned 10 (8 remain). IIRC Lisa and Vic bought 6 (4 remain).
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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by JacobH » 12:51 Tue 25 Aug 2020

Glenn E. wrote:
20:52 Thu 20 Aug 2020
"Very Old Port" is relatively new allowance on labels to give producers somewhere to put their non-registered family reserves, et al. As I recall, Very Old Tawny Port is also allowed. They can technically be sold as either "Very Old" or as "40 Year Old" Port. DR's L70 is fabulous and allegedly roughly 70 years old, thus the "clever" naming that everyone is doing these days. It can't say 70 years old on the label because that's not an approved category, so they name it Lot 70 or Glorious 50th Anniversary or CL and the true fans know what it is. Or even more blatantly, "60" or "100" with the quotes.
This had escaped me. Thanks! These naming attempts aren’t always that successful since I’d assumed “L70” referred to 1970 rather than it being approximately 70 years’ old.

Looking forward to the first person to make a similar mistake with a bottle of the Fonseca Bin 27, too ;-)
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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by PCM » 15:37 Thu 27 Aug 2020

Vinhos Borges declared their 2018 Borges Vintage Port (Source: Revista de Vinhos)

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Post by PCM » 12:28 Sun 30 Aug 2020

Quinta de la Rosa declared their 2018 Vintage Port as well (source: Quinta de la Rosa Facebook-page).

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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by AHB » 00:14 Mon 31 Aug 2020

Thank you!

Please, as you see 2018 vintage Ports being advertised or announced continue to check whether they are on the list or not.
Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
Top Ports in 2020 (so far): Croft 1945 and Niepoort VV (1960s bottling)

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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by PCM » 11:21 Wed 16 Sep 2020

Quinta do Javali declared their Maria Luisa Vintage Port 2018 (source: website Quinta do Javali)

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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by jdaw1 » 21:06 Wed 16 Sep 2020

PCM wrote:
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Quinta do Javali declared their Maria Luisa Vintage Port 2018 (source: website Quinta do Javali)
The obvious abbreviation question has been asked.

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Post by PCM » 09:18 Thu 24 Sep 2020

Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo declared their 2018 Vintage Port, but very limited production: just 1350 bottles! ( source: Vinho Grandes Escolhas )
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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by JacobH » 13:10 Thu 24 Sep 2020

I hadn’t noticed before how declarations by smaller producers dribble out throughout the year. It seems to me that they are missing a bit of a trick here, publicity wise, since the wine press only really covers Port in April and at a Christmas. If it’s not possible to get the declarations out early for the smaller players, then I wonder if there is a bit of a gap in the market for a pre-harvest event when enough would be announced to get some coverage?
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Post by Andy Velebil » 18:57 Thu 24 Sep 2020

JacobH wrote:I hadn’t noticed before how declarations by smaller producers dribble out throughout the year. It seems to me that they are missing a bit of a trick here, publicity wise, since the wine press only really covers Port in April and at a Christmas. If it’s not possible to get the declarations out early for the smaller players, then I wonder if there is a bit of a gap in the market for a pre-harvest event when enough would be announced to get some coverage?
Not just small producers. Taylors isn’t releasing their 2018 to market until next year. Covid is slowing things down.

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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by Doggett » 19:01 Thu 24 Sep 2020

Andy Velebil wrote:
18:57 Thu 24 Sep 2020
JacobH wrote:I hadn’t noticed before how declarations by smaller producers dribble out throughout the year. It seems to me that they are missing a bit of a trick here, publicity wise, since the wine press only really covers Port in April and at a Christmas. If it’s not possible to get the declarations out early for the smaller players, then I wonder if there is a bit of a gap in the market for a pre-harvest event when enough would be announced to get some coverage?
Not just small producers. Taylors isn’t releasing their 2018 to market until next year. Covid is slowing things down.
Or maybe they are not aimed at the UK/US markets, so they have no need to worry about the traditional wine press or being drowned out by the Symingtons, TFP or other large producers.

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