2001 Marks and Spencer LBV

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Conky
Fonseca 1980
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2001 Marks and Spencer LBV

Post by Conky » 10:30 Sun 02 Dec 2007

2001 Marks and Spencers (BOB) LBV
Bottled by 'Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers, Vinhos, S.A., VN Gaia'
Which seems understandable subterfuge. Any ideas who that means?
It is also parading a silver medal from the Decanter World Wide awards.
It was on 30% off so came in just over £7.
Classic example of middle of the road, but thoroughly pleasant, M&S food & drink standards.
Fruity aroma, but not as strong as I'd like. It neither Fonseca's you (Power fruits), or Martinez's you (Subtle but substance), but then why should it when its a pleasant LBV.
My criticism would be a tad weak, but not watery weak. The tears are strong, and the colour is deep with a weak rim. Not a great mouthfeel and the aftertaste is smooth but quick.
Second and third glasses are not leaving any overpowering residues, like some nearly great Ports can do.

In summary, this is a very good mid-range LBV. Aimed at the mass market, who will recognise this as Port in its classic form. No risks and I think I would ask a newcomer to Port to try this next to the silky-ier nuttier Warres Otima, to grasp the differences at entry level.

The more I drink this charming, if limited balance, the more I think it should be the 'Standard Benchmark' for ordinary Port, by which you can then easily appreciate all the higher levels of Port. (Everything the Dows 2001 LBV isn't!). When I'm next trying an unusual VP, I would love a small glass of this to occasionally sip, and remind me what the basics should be, before judging the VP.

88/100. Marks & Sparks doing its stuff and Quite Well.

Alan

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uncle tom
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Post by uncle tom » 11:14 Sun 02 Dec 2007

Bottled by 'Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers, Vinhos, S.A., VN Gaia'
Which seems understandable subterfuge. Any ideas who that means?
New to me, but looks like a co-op designed to get the smaller players access to the supermarkets.

- Good luck to them!

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

Andy Velebil
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Re: 2001 Marks & Spencers (BOB) LBV

Post by Andy Velebil » 14:54 Sun 02 Dec 2007

Conky wrote:Bottled by 'Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers, Vinhos, S.A., VN Gaia'
Which seems understandable subterfuge. Any ideas who that means?

Alan
Thats the newer name for the The Fladgate Partnership's distribution side.

Conky
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Re: 2001 Marks & Spencers (BOB) LBV

Post by Conky » 17:46 Sun 02 Dec 2007

ADV wrote:
Conky wrote:Bottled by 'Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers, Vinhos, S.A., VN Gaia'
Which seems understandable subterfuge. Any ideas who that means?

Alan
Thats the newer name for the The Fladgate Partnership's distribution side.
So it's Taylor Fladgate! Interesting. So we now need an insider to drop us a hint what Port it's based on. Thanks Andy.

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AHB
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Post by AHB » 07:17 Mon 03 Dec 2007

Its a blend across any and all of the Taylor Fladgate properties, plus any grapes that they decide to buy in, which varies from year to year depending on the harvest and the qualities found in the grapes.

Not tying it down to any particular shipper or quinta gives the company more flexibility to produce a blend specifically for a corporate buyer that can be replicated year after year.

Alex
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