2003 Niepoort

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Frederick Blais
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2003 Niepoort Vintage Port

Post by Frederick Blais » 04:36 Wed 09 Jul 2008

Sunday with Luc I did open this to celebrate is first experience with Niepoort VP. I think that on that day I could not open a more perfect bottle, it was shining.

The nose was so expressive, with mixing essence of dark ripe plums, black cherries and current, not to forget the fragrance of sexy floral notes. The palate is just a dark horse. It was almost undrinkable 2 years ago when it was release with powerful peppery tannins taking over the palate, but today it is evolving in a civilized manner with bold and ripe fruits taking care of the agressive tannins just like a mother to her baby. The balance and the depth are just incredible and still that grip reminding you how much concentration this port has to last for decades! Don't get fool by this complex early enjoyable, yet baby VP, it will last longer than you. Buy a case of candles along with a case of this VP, your heir will need them too! 19/20

Ok, for those who care about young VP that had some time in the decanter, I kept 20% of the bottle int he fridge. 2 days later, it is not showing as good. Unfortunately it has lost his floral notes, the palate got softer, still full of bold tannins just a tad less grippy, the finish is not as lingering either. I would rate this sample 17/20

I'm the kind who always likes his VP within the first 12 hours of opening to get more freshness out of it.

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Post by RonnieRoots » 06:15 Mon 28 Jul 2008

Great to hear this port is shaping up so nicely. It is one of my favourite Niepoorts. 88) 88)

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Re: 2003 Niepoort Vintage Port

Post by TBird » 18:19 Thu 30 Oct 2008

awesome, just picked up a few at what i considered to be a decent price($64.99) and was feeling guilty about killing one soon. :oops:
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Re: 2003 Niepoort Vintage Port

Post by Axel P » 22:20 Thu 30 Oct 2008

Frederic,

I tasted this last time 2006 out of a half bottle. I had the same impression about its complexitiy and strength, but the tannins were not showing that strong when it was really young. I was to open another soon to see how it evolves, but after your TN I will leave it in the cellar.

Obrigado

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Re: 2003 Niepoort Vintage Port

Post by Frederick Blais » 16:31 Sat 01 Nov 2008

I did have this a couple of times during the harvest again this year. One was serve side by side with the Secundum. Surprisingly upon opening the Secundum was the favourite of all, and I mean all. We did the same test 24 hour later, it was totally different, the classic VP was more open and become a favourite. It is clear that this port needs a lot more time in cellar.

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Re: 2003 Niepoort Vintage Port

Post by ac-fast » 19:00 Thu 06 Nov 2008

Mmm.. looking forward to taste one of my 2 bottels of Nieport 2003
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