2003 Tesco LBV

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DRT
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2003 Tesco LBV

Post by DRT » 22:40 Tue 07 Apr 2009

2003 Tesco (Symington) LBV
Not decanted.

Very dark. Violets on the nose but also a little raw. Nice smooth entry. Quite light weight but good levels of dark fruits. Very dry tannic kick in the mid palate but then a nice long strawberry finish. A little hot but not too distracting. I think this would be a good port to drink from the fridge in the summer.

Ay £7.39 this is pretty good value when compared with Taylor or Grahams LBV at nearly twice the price.

Will report back if it changes over time.
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Re: 2003 Tesco LBV (Symington)

Post by Axel P » 18:47 Wed 08 Apr 2009

Derek,

is it specified to a certain producer or how did you get the connections to the Symingtons.

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Re: 2003 Tesco LBV (Symington)

Post by DRT » 19:26 Wed 08 Apr 2009

It has "produced and bottled by Symington Family Estates" on the label but does not mention a specific house.
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Re: 2003 Tesco LBV (Symington)

Post by DRT » 22:57 Thu 09 Apr 2009

D+2h
Still quite tannic but good levels of fruit and very smooth. More heat than before but not too much.

A very good QPR port. I will buy more.
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Re: 2003 Tesco LBV (Symington)

Post by JacobH » 23:05 Thu 09 Apr 2009

DRT wrote:A very good QPR port. I will buy more.
Do you think this might have the same consistency issues that seem to affect the Tesco VP (with some being extremely good for their cost and some being extremely bad)?
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Re: 2003 Tesco LBV (Symington)

Post by DRT » 23:21 Thu 09 Apr 2009

JacobH wrote:
DRT wrote:A very good QPR port. I will buy more.
Do you think this might have the same consistency issues that seem to affect the Tesco VP (with some being extremely good for their cost and some being extremely bad)?
I think with this and most other supermarket ports, if you buy from a large store [where turnover is fast] and avoid bottles covered in dust that have obviously been there for months then you should be OK. With this being a cheaper bottle I would expect long shelf storage to be less of a risk than ith the more expensive stuff.
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Re: 2003 Tesco LBV (Symington)

Post by DRT » 01:01 Fri 10 Apr 2009

Perhaps interesting to note that a glass of this immediately after the Taylor Vargellas 1998 was not in any way unpleasant. 88)
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