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Re: 2018 Declarations

Posted: 20:52 Thu 20 Aug 2020
by Glenn E.
JacobH wrote:
21:13 Fri 07 Aug 2020
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).

Re: 2018 Declarations

Posted: 21:30 Mon 24 Aug 2020
by jdaw1

Re: 2018 Declarations

Posted: 12:51 Tue 25 Aug 2020
by JacobH
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 ;-)

Re: 2018 Declarations

Posted: 15:37 Thu 27 Aug 2020
by PCM
Vinhos Borges declared their 2018 Borges Vintage Port (Source: Revista de Vinhos)

Re: 2018 Declarations

Posted: 12:28 Sun 30 Aug 2020
by PCM
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

Posted: 00:14 Mon 31 Aug 2020
by AHB
Thank you!

Please, as you see 2018 vintage Ports being advertised or announced continue to check whether they are on the list or not.

Re: 2018 Declarations

Posted: 11:21 Wed 16 Sep 2020
by PCM
Quinta do Javali declared their Maria Luisa Vintage Port 2018 (source: website Quinta do Javali)

Re: 2018 Declarations

Posted: 21:06 Wed 16 Sep 2020
by jdaw1
PCM wrote:
11:21 Wed 16 Sep 2020
Quinta do Javali declared their Maria Luisa Vintage Port 2018 (source: website Quinta do Javali)
The obvious abbreviation question has been asked.