M&S Vintage Port / Reduced to Clear £6 instore Stratford
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M&S Vintage Port / Reduced to Clear £6 instore Stratford

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Posted 9th OctAvailable: London
Spotted in Stratford Westfield's M&S Food. A serious reduction on a very fine vintage port. A great option for Christmas. I bought 3. May be available nationwide, but can't find it online.
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Teflon.Don09/10/2019 22:28

You don't have to believe me.


Thanks. Just scanned your suggested sites to find my opinion validated.
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These have been around a couple of weeks. Great one £30 to £10 in a box if you can find any
You beat me to posting it - bought all 6 that were on the shelf in Maidenhead


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Edited by: "ansonuk1" 9th Oct
Had these in Swansea a few weeks ago. Not a port fan so left them on the shelf.
I appreciate taste is completely subjective, but Vintage Port is made in a way where it evolves in the bottle. It still has a sediment inside it, that assists the ageing process of the bottle, which is why, when it's ready, it needs decanting, to rid it of that sediment.
So if you accept the general recommendation that Vintage Port needs 20 to 30 years to develop, these bottles are a No Brainer as far as bargains go, but you should still lay them down for another decade or two.
If you didn't know all of that, and drank them this Christmas, you may wonder what all the fuss is about Vintage Port. It will be harsh, full of tannins, and with an unpleasant aftertaste. Whereas if you could acquire a bottle of, say, 1963 Fonseca, and decant it correctly, you will be drinking rich purple sunshine.
they had the 2007 at same price in Teesside Park yesterday. Billy Bargain. Also saw a 2001 Warres single quinta in Northallerton today. Shelf price was showing £33 but scanned at £10.
Teflon.Don09/10/2019 17:53

I appreciate taste is completely subjective, but Vintage Port is made in a …I appreciate taste is completely subjective, but Vintage Port is made in a way where it evolves in the bottle. It still has a sediment inside it, that assists the ageing process of the bottle, which is why, when it's ready, it needs decanting, to rid it of that sediment. So if you accept the general recommendation that Vintage Port needs 20 to 30 years to develop, these bottles are a No Brainer as far as bargains go, but you should still lay them down for another decade or two. If you didn't know all of that, and drank them this Christmas, you may wonder what all the fuss is about Vintage Port. It will be harsh, full of tannins, and with an unpleasant aftertaste. Whereas if you could acquire a bottle of, say, 1963 Fonseca, and decant it correctly, you will be drinking rich purple sunshine.


But whatever the chosen vintage and associated cost, they all have the propensity to get you very, very drunk.

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Teflon.Don09/10/2019 17:53

I appreciate taste is completely subjective, but Vintage Port is made in a …I appreciate taste is completely subjective, but Vintage Port is made in a way where it evolves in the bottle. It still has a sediment inside it, that assists the ageing process of the bottle, which is why, when it's ready, it needs decanting, to rid it of that sediment. So if you accept the general recommendation that Vintage Port needs 20 to 30 years to develop, these bottles are a No Brainer as far as bargains go, but you should still lay them down for another decade or two. If you didn't know all of that, and drank them this Christmas, you may wonder what all the fuss is about Vintage Port. It will be harsh, full of tannins, and with an unpleasant aftertaste. Whereas if you could acquire a bottle of, say, 1963 Fonseca, and decant it correctly, you will be drinking rich purple sunshine.


That's true only in part. In the past, young vintage Port was tough, tannic and not worth serving. It needed many years to soften and mature. Today’s vintage Port is different. It’s rich and fruity, with tannins so finely married to the ripe texture that you can start drinking it after only about five years. It will still do better when aged longer, but can be served sooner. This has been so since the beginning of new-style Ports in the mid-1990s. As these Ports are from 2007 and bottled in 2009, that gives them 10 years of maturing already. Either you've fallen for a common misconception or you are showing your age.
Edited by: "confusion" 9th Oct
Thanks! Managed to get two bottles in the Reading M&S.
confusion09/10/2019 19:35

That's true only in part. In the past, young vintage Port was tough, …That's true only in part. In the past, young vintage Port was tough, tannic and not worth serving. It needed many years to soften and mature. Today’s vintage Port is different. It’s rich and fruity, with tannins so finely married to the ripe texture that you can start drinking it after only about five years. It will still do better when aged longer, but can be served sooner. This has been so since the beginning of new-style Ports in the mid-1990s. As these Ports are from 2007 and bottled in 2009, that gives them 10 years of maturing already. Either you've fallen for a common misconception or you are showing your age.


The Port industry has always tried that old twaddle about it now being better, and can be drunk earlier. They even experimented with a Port that they said was made slightly differently, so it could be drunk earlier. (It failed)
In reality, you can't kid your taste buds. Drinking Vintage Port under 20 years old is just a waste of money. You may as well get the cooking port from the Supermarkets.
You don't have to believe me. Immerse yourself in the popular Port Forums on the Net, and see how much support you get for your 'modern' view. (The Port Forum, For The Love Of Port, etc)
But each to their own, you drink as much young port as you want. There'll still be enough left for those with a tad more sophistication.
Edited by: "Teflon.Don" 9th Oct
Teflon.Don09/10/2019 22:28

You don't have to believe me.


Thanks. Just scanned your suggested sites to find my opinion validated.
confusion09/10/2019 23:01

Thanks. Just scanned your suggested sites to find my opinion validated.


Excellent. You 'win'.
Gr8 deal ...What's the barcode please....Not the Reduced Barcode !
Purchased 3 at Anlaby, Hull. Ta.
Just wondering what the Port connoisseurs think about this ....
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Edited by: "elizabethyorks" 13th Oct
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