This is the earliest Vintage Port TN I have ever read.In his book Facts About Port and Madeira, recording a visit to the lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia in 1877 and published in 1880, Henry Vizetelly wrote:At the lodges of Offley, Forrester & Co. we tasted some fine full-bodied but exceedingly mellow vintage wines of the years 1870-75, from the renowned Quinta da Boa Vista. A sample of 1866, regarded as one of the worst years among Port wine vintages, was also shown to us, and proved exceedingly light and refined in flavour, having, moreover, a beautiful bouquet.
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[url=http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3351]Here[/url] jdaw1 wrote:Hatch, Mansfield & Co., in their [i]Calendar of Port Vintages[/i] of about 1903, wrote:1866. Inferior.
Henry Vizetelly wrote:1866, regarded as one of the worst years among Port wine vintages.
The concensus seems to be that the 1866 vintage is to be avoided, but I am willing to give it a goHatch, Mansfield & Co. wrote:1866. Inferior.