NV Churchill Crusted 2000

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Forum rules
Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Post Reply
User avatar
uncle tom
Dow 1980
Posts: 2720
Joined: 23:43 Wed 20 Jun 2007
Location: Near Saffron Walden, England

NV Churchill Crusted 2000

Post by uncle tom » 18:56 Sun 09 Sep 2007

From a case bought two years ago.

Light, slightly watery bouquet - on the palate it is relatively dry. Somewhat lacking in body and noticeably tannic. Little fire though.

- A good quaff - sound after dinner booze for those who think they have to eat Stilton at the same time..

However, the fresh approachable nature of crusted port says a lot for the benefits of blending wines from different years.

This being the third bottle I've opened from the case, I sense the wine is a little less raw than a year ago. While perfectly guzzleable now, it will probably improve a little more with time - I sense that 10-15 years is peak drinking age here.

Will I buy more? Not actively. I can't argue that this is in any way better than the Morgan '91, and a bottle typically costs 50% more retail.

In my little notebook for pricing non-vintage port at auction, I have an entry: "Crusted - under 20yrs old - all shippers - £7.00/btl"

However, only Garrafeiras are less frequently under the hammer!

Tom
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I shall be sober and you will still be ugly - W.S. Churchill

User avatar
uncle tom
Dow 1980
Posts: 2720
Joined: 23:43 Wed 20 Jun 2007
Location: Near Saffron Walden, England

Post by uncle tom » 19:34 Tue 11 Sep 2007

Small post script..

I decanted this bottle on Saturday, and have been a little slow with the consumption..!

It was noticeably better after 48 hours - more integration, less overtly tannic - and now, a day later, it is better still.

Note to me - plan ahead next time..!

Tom
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I shall be sober and you will still be ugly - W.S. Churchill

User avatar
uncle tom
Dow 1980
Posts: 2720
Joined: 23:43 Wed 20 Jun 2007
Location: Near Saffron Walden, England

Re: 2000 Churchill crusted

Post by uncle tom » 21:39 Fri 07 Nov 2008

Another bottle quaffed this week - tannins less of an issue with this bottle, but it seemed a bit lame and feeble until - again after 48hrs decanting - it achieved good integration - candied licorice came to mind!

A few more years will probably pay further dividends..

Tom
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I shall be sober and you will still be ugly - W.S. Churchill

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests