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Vintage Madeira and the very fine old soleras are invariably rare, venerable and highly priced (although still  astonishingly cheap compared to similarly aged port, Bordeaux or Sauternes, none of which have anything like the  same longevity). Sustained both by fortification and by its high acidity, Madeira seems to be an almost  indestructible wine: a vintage of 30 years age still being in its infancy, one of 60 barely in its prime and almost all  vintages over 100 still alive and vigorous. 19th century vintage Madeira is increasingly scare and sought after,  but 18th century Madeira, now entering its third century, is most desirable of all. All eighteenth century vintage 

Madeira is rare, but this Bual is arguably the most spectacular bottling of all. Only the 1790 Terrantez can  compare, but that, while just as rare, doesn’t have the same fascinating and romantic history.

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Madeira . In a tasting of  9 wines 

“The famous "Napoleon Madeira“. 98 points / The story tells that Napoleon bought a pipe of the excellent 1792 vintage in 1815 on his way to his exile on St. Helena. Due to gastric problems he never touched it and after Napoleons death it was sold back to Blandys who bottled part as a vintage Madeira in 1840 and the rest as a Solera in 1957 in honour of Queen Elisabeth’s state visit to Portugal.
It still has a good complex nose of toffee and tobacco. Its fresh acidity balances its medium sweetness and it is still very much alive.”

1y 9m ago

 Mario Sculatti / Sleeping Lady Vineyard, Wine Maker (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Madeira . In a tasting of  29 wines 

“Another evening with great wines : Unico 1944/Just this first smell and everyone around the table is intrigued , big time! The caramel marmalade, coffee and dried cedar are telling us all Spain. Especially Jan-Erik, because his radar is tuned to shoot down Spanish bogies. The nose is similar to the 1925 Marquis Riscal we had in an earlier flight, but this gorgeous we-think-Spanish wine is in a whole different echelon of quality. The color is black currant juice-like, with lightly browning edges. Then to the tongue...This is the 40's or 50's because of the softness of the tannins, but man that is serious density. This wine was a monster in it's youth and you can tell it was more rustic in it's past, its like an older gentleman who was real muscular and buccaneering bad-ass when he was young. This is classy penache all the way.....Then the wine is revealed to be none other than 1944 Vega Sicilia Unico, the bottle is war-time green glass, and to think that this was crafted while Franco facism was holding Spain....This is drinking history! 95 points”

2y 3m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Madeira . In a tasting of  22 wines 

“Boal Madeira 1792 Napoleon Bottling”

4y 7m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Madeira . In a tasting of  30 wines 

“I have been to many great tastings over the years, and a tasting I recently attended was as great as any. It was to celebrate someone’s 50th birthday, a FINE gentleman named Pekka, a gentleman who shares the same passion for wine as I do. Pekka and I are two birds of a feather who like to go deep into the rabbit hole, so when he asked me if I wanted in for his 50th birthday, the answer was obviously yes. When he told me the plan was to have one wine from every vintage in the 20th Century, I changed my answer to ‘Hell Yeah.’”

4y 9m ago

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