2003 Sainsbury TTD

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2003 Sainsbury TTD

Post by DRT » 20:12 Sun 04 Dec 2011

Purchased yesterday from Sainsbury in their pre-Christmas offer of ½ price, plus 25% off if you buy 6 or more bottles. The result being a purchase price of £13.12 against a shelf price of £34.99.

Popped and poured in an emergency about midnight last night as I settled down to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Sky.

This note taken this evening whilst in a more sensible state of mind...

Dark and completely opaque. Very closed on the nose but what fruit there is appears to be red, with a little vanilla. Medium weight on entry but grows in the mouth quite quickly. Big tannins and big acidity, making it hard to taste the fruits in the mid palate. The finish is long with blackcurrant and some cigar coming through.

I am no expert at tasting VP from generally declared vintages at this age but this seems like a wine that needs an awful lot more time than most of it is going to be allowed to get. At this price almost all of this wine will be drunk on 25th Dec 2011 after too much turkey. I think that is a shame as it could turn out to be a fine VP one day.

If this offer is still on tomorrow you should go and buy some and stick it away for 10-20 years, at least.
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Re: 2003 Sainsbury "Taste the Difference" VP, bottled by SFE

Post by DRT » 21:07 Sun 04 Dec 2011

The above TN might give the impression that it is a bad idea to drink this port now. I have found a solution to that problem...

1. Whilst in Sainsbury buying all of the VP on their shelves, pick up an 850g Scottish Beef Easy Carve Roasting Joint for around £10.

2. Cook a Sunday dinner for two with all of the usual trimmings. The beef is best served rare.

3. Eat the dinner whilst drinking this VP. Scrumptious.

:D

WARNING: You will need more beef if one of the two people eating the meal is not vegetarian.
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Re: 2003 Sainsbury "Taste the Difference" VP, bottled by SFE

Post by AHB » 23:29 Sun 04 Dec 2011

I opened a bottle of this about 6pm this evening. Expect a separate tasting note tomorrow!
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Re: 2003 Sainsbury "Taste the Difference" VP, bottled by SFE

Post by DRT » 00:40 Thu 08 Dec 2011

D+3 days
Yummy. The tannins and acidity have integrated beautifully and this is now a very good fruit-packed glass of port. Excellent value.

If you want to enjoy this on Christmas Day open it on 22nd Dec.
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Re: 2003 Sainsbury "Taste the Difference" VP, bottled by SFE

Post by Glenn E. » 00:54 Thu 08 Dec 2011

DRT wrote:this seems like a wine that needs an awful lot more time than most of it is going to be allowed to get
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buy some and stick it away for 10-20 years, at least.
Sound advice for any 2003 VP, really.
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Re: 2003 Sainsbury "Taste the Difference" VP, bottled by SFE

Post by Andy Velebil » 17:43 Fri 09 Dec 2011

Nice tasting note and I'm glad this one didn't get "lost" by the following morning. However...
DRT wrote:
Popped and poured in an emergency about midnight last night as I settled down to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Sky.
WTF? Someone needs to check on Derek, he's obviously in a state of delirium and needs help.

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Re: 2003 Sainsbury "Taste the Difference" VP, bottled by SFE

Post by DRT » 19:33 Fri 09 Dec 2011

Andy Velebil wrote:
DRT wrote:Popped and poured in an emergency about midnight last night as I settled down to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Sky.
WTF? Someone needs to check on Derek, he's obviously in a state of delirium and needs help.
All together now....

Chitty Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Oh you pretty Chitty Bang Bang,
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
We love you.
And, in
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
What we'll do.
Near, far, in our motor car Oh what a happy time we'll spend.
Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Our fine four fendered friend.
Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Our fine four fendered friend.
Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Oh you pretty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
We love you.
And, in
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
What we'll do.
Near, far, in our motor car
Oh what a happy time we'll spend.
Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Our fine four fendered friend.
Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Our fine four fendered friend.
Your sleek as a thoroughbred.
Your seats are a feather bed.
You'll turn everybody's head today.
We'll glide on our motor trip
With pride in our ownership
The envy of all we survey.
Oh Chitty You Chitty
Pretty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
We love you.
And Chitty, in Chitty
Pretty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang what we'll do.
Near Chitty, far Chitty, in our motor car Oh what a happy time we'll spend.
Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Our fine four fendered friend.
Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Our fine four fendered friend.....(hold)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Fine four fendered Chitty Chitty friend.

:lol:
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Re: 2003 Sainsbury TTD

Post by DRT » 22:13 Fri 30 Dec 2016

I opened a bottle of this tonight and had to interrupt the decanting when I heard "chity-chity, chity-chity, chity-chity" very quietly behind me as I poured the wine into the decanter.

:shock:
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Re: 2003 Sainsbury TTD

Post by LGTrotter » 00:48 Wed 04 Jan 2017

I managed to open 2 bottles of this over the Christmas period without anyone singing Chitty Chitty bang bang to me. But Casino Royale was on when I opened one of them, so perhaps Ian Fleming was looking down on me.

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Re: 2003 Sainsbury TTD

Post by Andy Velebil » 03:27 Wed 04 Jan 2017

And someone still needs to check in on DRT. Lol


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Re: 2003 Sainsbury TTD

Post by AHB » 00:42 Sun 08 Jan 2017

Will one - or preferably both of you - please post a tasting note on what you thought of this port. I have a few bottles of this stashed away in Seckfords and would be interested to know how it is maturing.
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Re: 2003 Sainsbury TTD

Post by DRT » 10:43 Sun 08 Jan 2017

AHB wrote:Will one - or preferably both of you - please post a tasting note on what you thought of this port. I have a few bottles of this stashed away in Seckfords and would be interested to know how it is maturing.
I posted this on 30th Dec, which prompted me to re-open this previous thread. I should have included a link :oops:
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Re: 2003 Sainsbury TTD

Post by AHB » 11:55 Sun 08 Jan 2017

DRT wrote:
AHB wrote:Will one - or preferably both of you - please post a tasting note on what you thought of this port. I have a few bottles of this stashed away in Seckfords and would be interested to know how it is maturing.
I posted this on 30th Dec, which prompted me to re-open this previous thread. I should have included a link :oops:
Oops. I missed the post. Thanks for pointing me towards it and it's good to read how this port is progressing.
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