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M&S Finest Reserve Port for £6.99 (instore)
M&S Finest Reserve Port for £6.99  (instore)

M&S Finest Reserve Port for £6.99 (instore)

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Just got back from Marks in Clapham Junction.

They have the seasonal deal of £3 off the normal price of Port (£9.99).

If you buy 6 bottles, they also discount another 10%.

Beware this is for every 6 bottles of wine.

I believe it's nationwide

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Original Poster

I've had some over the years, and given them as Christmas or Thank you pressies.

Everyone who has had it said it tastes very nice. I find it sweet (made from berries in Portugal) and quite silky. No nasty aftertaste and at 20% vol I don't get too drunk after a few bottles.

Jellybeans;6504575

I've had some over the years, and given them as Christmas or Thank you … I've had some over the years, and given them as Christmas or Thank you pressies.Everyone who has had it said it tastes very nice. I find it sweet (made from berries in Portugal) and quite silky. No nasty aftertaste and at 20% vol I don't get too drunk after a few bottles.



I must be a real lightweight as after 'a few bottles' of decent port I would definitely get 'tired and emotional'

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muhasib;6504840

I must be a real lightweight as after 'a few bottles' of decent port I … I must be a real lightweight as after 'a few bottles' of decent port I would definitely get 'tired and emotional'



I'm more used to 30-40%

'Finest Reserve' is just marketing hype for bog-standard port, designed to con grannies etc. into paying top coin for decidedly average port for Christmas etc.

Those who appreciate port will get better value from bottles marketed as Late Bottled Vintage (or LBV) - decent port ready to drink from the bottle (without the faff of decanting required for a full vintage bottle). Not that I'm a connoisseur or anything - just enjoy a decent port now and again.

Jellybeans;6505091

I'm more used to 30-40%



As supplied by Halfords - certainly keeps the cold out! :thumbsup:

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Ajibee;6505395

As supplied by Halfords - certainly keeps the cold out! :thumbsup:



Not port. When I go to m8's places, usually get plastered on beers, then move onto the wines like Chartreuse, Vodka, or Arak (not the stuff they sell at the airports I hear

I've got some LBV port. But never dared to drink them - thinking I should let them mature. Is this the wrong thing to do for LBV?

I've always liked the ones sold by M&S though.

Jellybeans;6506424

Not port. When I go to m8's places, usually get plastered on beers, … Not port. When I go to m8's places, usually get plastered on beers, then move onto the wines like Chartreuse, Vodka, or Arak (not the stuff they sell at the airports I hear I've got some LBV port. But never dared to drink them - thinking I should let them mature. Is this the wrong thing to do for LBV?I've always liked the ones sold by M&S though.



I'm no expert, but from what I've read/heard, LBV is intended to be drunk within a few years. You can keep it longer, but over a longer period it can throw a sediment (like 'proper' vintage port does), in which case you would need to decant it or filter it to serve.

LBV is really an everyday sort of vintage port - reasonably priced, decent quality and convenient to serve - at least that's how I see it.

Other ports, those that aren't vintage or late bottled vintage, are the ports from the years when the grapes aren't good enough to have a vintage declared - that's not to say it's not drinkable - there are lots of nice cheap ports - sadly not so readily available in this country, except when masquerading at higher prices as 'Finest Reserve' etc.!

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Ajibee;6506794

I'm no expert, but from what I've read/heard, LBV is intended to be drunk … I'm no expert, but from what I've read/heard, LBV is intended to be drunk within a few years. You can keep it longer, but over a longer period it can throw a sediment (like 'proper' vintage port does), in which case you would need to decant it or filter it to serve.LBV is really an everyday sort of vintage port - reasonably priced, decent quality and convenient to serve - at least that's how I see it.Other ports, those that aren't vintage or late bottled vintage, are the ports from the years when the grapes aren't good enough to have a vintage declared - that's not to say it's not drinkable - there are lots of nice cheap ports - sadly not so readily available in this country, except when masquerading at higher prices as 'Finest Reserve' etc.!



Thanks Ajibee.

Have some rep.

Jellybeans;6509249

Thanks Ajibee.Have some rep.



Thank you - very kind. After all this talk about Port I went off to Wikipedia - there's a great article there that explains all this stuff in more detail, including reference to the now banned description of "vintage character" - which is what I think M&S used to call some of their ports.

See here:
en.wikipedia.org/wik…ine

Now I'll need to dig out one or two of the bottles I have stashed away and re-acquaint myself with a glass or two - cheers!
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