2011 Port Vintage Report

All of the major port houses have now declared the 2011 vintage as being of exceptional quality. The avalanche of declarations started with Sogrape, owners of Sandeman and Ferreira, followed by Symington, the company that owns Dows, Graham, Warre, Smith Woodhouse and Cockburn and then Taylor Fladgate, owners of the Fonseca, Croft and Taylor's brands. According to Charles Symington, "The 2011 Vintage Ports are characterised by an unusual combination of elegance with power and structure. Whereas “elegant” usually implies lighter-bodied, the 2011s have fantastic aromas and great elegance but are big wines - not an easy balance to achieve." These ports would be an excellent 8 year old wine gift for an anniversary this year, reaching their peak between 2020 and 2050, perhaps even onwards.

23 products found.

2011 Croft, 2011

Vintage Port

** 95 Points - James Suckling **

The near perfect viticultural conditions which prevailed in the Douro Valley in 2011 was bound to allow for great things in Croft's highly regarded Quinta da Roêda. This Quinta always forms the core around which Croft craft their Vintage Port blend, yet in this excellent year all of the blend's components have been sourced from here, producing a scented, exotic and lusciously opulent style. In the words of wine-maker David guimareans, the high perfomance of Quinta da Roêda gave this vintage 'an additional layer of density and depth of flavour' with silky, integrated tannins and powerful grip on the finish.
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Price: £75.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

2011 Messias Port, 2011

Vintage Port (Includes Free Leather effect gift box)

Caves Messias is an historic family owned company that produced high quality port since 1926. Under their care and attention they have become renown for the quality of their colheitas and vintage ports at a competitive price. The grapes coming from their Quinta do Cachao Quinta do Rei Estates.


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Price: £69.95
Stock: 18 in Stock

Burmester Port, 2011

Vintage Port - Single Bottle in Presentation Box

*** 93 points Wine Spectator ***
88-90 Points - Robert Parker

The 2011 Burmester Vintage Port is, according to Kim Marcus (Wine Spectator), an "intensely fruity" wine with great complexity and concentration, notes of "raspberries, black plums and wild cherries." This wine offers a "refined finish" with a touch of "dark chocolate, tea and brown sugar." It is a wine that, according to the critic, is ready to drink but has the ability to continue ageing during the next three decades.

Reviews: "The 2011 J W Burmester has a sweeter, comparatively floral bouquet with open, generous scents of ripe dates, black plum and raisin that need to show a little more restraint.
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Price: £79.95
Stock: 28 in Stock

Burmester Port, 2011

Vintage Port 6x75cl Bottle Case

Since the beginning of the 20th century, all Vintages are bottled in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia during the second spring after the harvest. Produced according to the traditional method of foot treading in classic stone "lagares", a Vintage is only declared in years of outstanding and exceptional quality.

The association of Vintage Port with a mature blue cheese such as Stilton is one of the great classic food and wine combinations. The soft buttery texture, mellow character and piquancy of the cheese are perfectly matched by the powerfully majestic flavours of the Vintage Port. Other blue, buttery, mellow and slighty piquant cheeses to consider would be: Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Agur Blue.
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Price: £350.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

Calem Port, 2011

Late Bottled Vintage Port
Special Offer | was £24.95 | Now £18.95

Includes cardboard outer - this can be replaced with a gift box when you click "buy".

***17/20 Points- Jancis Robinson***
Nuts, black cherry, attractively chewy. This is stylish and convincing with great depth of fruit. Potent and fine-tuned. Turbocharged!
Richard Hemming MW for JancisRobinson.com


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Price: £18.95
Stock: 10 in Stock

Cockburn Port, 2011

Vintage Port

Distinctive fragrant esteva (rockrose) nose, indicative of the substantial Touriga Nacional contribution to the final blend. In the mouth there is a wonderful, pure fruit quality (red cherries and strawberry) denoting the fresh acidity, which underpins the wine's structure and balance. A wine of great finesse and poise.

Cockburn's 2011 Vintage Port pairs wonderfully with chocolate desserts, such as chocolate mousse, creamy blue cheeses like Stilton or Roquefort.

Reviews
""Great nose here with flowers, leaves and a wet earth character. Full body, lightly sweet with a massive finish. This is muscular, toned and intense.
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 8 in Stock

Cockburn Port, 2011

Vintage Port IMPERIAL BOTTLE (6 Litre) in oak case

A rare 6Lt bottle.


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Price: £895.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Croft Port, 2011

Vintage Port DOUBLE MAGNUM 3.0L

Deep purple black colour. The complex seductive nose has the archetypal Croft opulence but displays impressive depth, background and reserves of aroma. A rich, powerful fruitiness provides the backdrop for heady scents of blossom and rock rose. Luscious ripe berry fruit flavour surges though the palate. The wine’s velvety texture is underpinned by taut, muscular, perfectly integrated tannins, which provide stamina with an attractive firmness and vigour to the finish. More virile and structured than some recent Vintages from this classic house, the 2011 nevertheless displays all the rich ripe fruitiness and exotic scented character associated with the Croft house style.
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Price: £245.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Croft Port, 2011

Vintage Port IMPERIAL BOTTLE 6.0L

The near perfect viticultural conditions which prevailed in the Douro Valley in 2011 was bound to allow for great things in Croft's highly regarded Quinta da Roêda. This Quinta always forms the core around which Croft craft their Vintage Port blend, yet in this excellent year all of the blend's components have been sourced from here, producing a scented, exotic and lusciously opulent style. In the words of wine-maker David guimareans, the high perfomance of Quinta da Roêda gave this vintage 'an additional layer of density and depth of flavour' with silky, integrated tannins and powerful grip on the finish.
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Price: £850.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Graham's Port, 2011

Vintage Port

The Graham’s 2011 Vintage Port is a profound and complex wine of incredible intensity. Purple-black to the rim, this wine gives fine aromas of blue-violets, black China tea and ripe red fruit. On the palate, it offers an initial taste of powerful and vigorous fruit, merging into flavours of bitter black chocolate and fine acidity with balanced and mature, but not dry, tannins. The final flavour is clean and perfectly defined. This wine will age well, evolving into a finely balanced and elegant wine in the decades to come.

Reviews:
"Though the nose is very tight, there’s an attractive whiff of violets and black pepper.
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Price: £99.95
Stock: 9 in Stock

Graham's Port, 2011

Crusted Port
Special Offer | was £32.95 | Now £22.95

Graham´s Crusted, bottled in 2011, has an excellent dark ruby colour.
On the nose it is packed with aromas of red and black fruits such as cherries and blackberries, combined to lifted floral hints.
On the palate, it is full-bodied, with excellent ripe fruit flavours balanced by a fresh acidity and velvety tannins leading to a long and lingering finish.
Graham's blend this wine from two or three vintage years and age it in bottle for at least another three years before releasing it on the market. Bottled in the same way as a classic Vintage Port this wine will continue to mature in bottle and can be laid down for several years.
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Price: £22.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Messias Port, 2011

Vintage Port

An exceptional value port from an outstanding year!

Caves Messias is an historic family owned company that produced high quality port since 1926. Under their care and attention they have become renown for the quality of their colheitas and vintage ports at a competitive price. The grapes coming from their Quinta do Cachao Quinta do Rei Estates.


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Price: £69.95
Stock: 34 in Stock

Niepoort Port, 2011

Vintage Port Single Bottle

This blend of several Cima Corgo vineyards & (old field blend) varieties including, among others, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão and Touriga Nacional was 100% foot trodden in granite lagares with 100% stems. The wine was aged for 2 years in “toneis” and some pipes. A vibrant Port in colour and on the palate with lovely florality – violets – and black pepper lift to its well defined its sweet, ripe, juicy and intense swathes of berry and plum fruit. Long and persistent with a ripe but palpable chassis of tannins. Already so charming and elegant such is its exquisite balance – built for the long haul.
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Price: £139.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Niepoort Port, 2011

BIOMA Vinha Velha Vintage Port - Single Bottle.

Bioma “Vinha Velha”, is a single vineyard Vintage Port from aged vines at Vinha da Pisca (mostly + 80 years old), which is cultivated organically. A hot site, which produces impressive tannins, it formed the backbone of Niepoort Vintage Ports for many years. However,the best parcels were set aside for this wine in 2011, 2009, 2008 and (known then as Pisca) in 2007. Like Niepoort Vintage Port, Bioma was 100% foot trodden with 100% stems. It was then aged in pipes (550 litre)and will be bottled in the third year after the harvest (2014) which, says Niepoort, is what happened in the “old days” when wines were shipped to England in pipes, and bottled later.
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Price: £149.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Niepoort Port, 2011

Vintage Port Magnum

This blend of several Cima Corgo vineyards & (old field blend) varieties including, among others, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão and Touriga Nacional was 100% foot trodden in granite lagares with 100% stems. The wine was aged for 2 years in “toneis” and some pipes. A vibrant Port in colour and on the palate with lovely florality – violets – and black pepper lift to its well defined its sweet, ripe, juicy and intense swathes of berry and plum fruit. Long and persistent with a ripe but palpable chassis of tannins. Already so charming and elegant such is its exquisite balance – built for the long haul.
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Price: £239.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Quinta do Noval Nacional, 2011

Vintage Port

"Fantastic: 'The legend lives'... "Could be better than the perfect 1994 and equal to the 1963.”
James Suckling gave the maximum score of 100/100 to the recent Quinta do Noval Vintage Nacional 2011!

“This wine is a mysterious phenomenon, a magical wine produced in extremely limited quantities and only in a few years each decade. It is the expression of a terroir and confirms something that is for me a deeply held belief. The Nacional is great because of the grapes and where they come from, not because of anything particular that we do. It has a unique personality, an extraordinary intensity and, even after many years of ageing, retains an astonishing youthfulness.
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Price: £1725.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port, 2011

Vintage Port IMPERIAL 6 lt Bottle

A very rare 6 lt Bottle
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Price: £995.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Ramos Pinto, 2011

Vintage Port (MAGNUM) in original wooden case.

96 pts Wine Spectator - Deep purple colour, typical of a young classic Vintage. Elegant and fragrant aroma, a denoted fresh and fruity nose of raspberry and ripened plum, with a touch of resin and mint. In the mouth, it is soft yet full-bodied, a solid structure of polished tannins supports the ripe red fruit, a touch of mineral and freshness, notes of mint and dark chocolate. Power and very tasty end. A classic Vintage.
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Price: £345.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Sandeman Vintage Port, 2011

Vintage Port

"From c. 30 year old block planted vines at Quinta do Vau and Quinta do Seixo (Cima Corgo) this blend comprises 40% Touriga Franca (according to Sottomayer, “the strongest, most structured variety”), 40% Touriga Nacional (“elegance and harmony”), 10% Tinta Roriz, 5% Tinta Cão (“for good acidity”) and 5% Sousão (“to increase colour”). It is a marvellously mineral Port with deep, dark reserves of inky fruit well supported by a charge of sootily fine, schistous tannins. A tightly focused laser beam of blackcurrant and glossier cassis fruit is laced with notes of liquorice and cedar and, as it opens up in the glass, tremendous lift of eucalypt and violets.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 8 in Stock

Warre's Vintage Port, 2011

Vintage Port IMPERIAL 6 lt Bottle

A very rare 6 lt Bottle
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Price: £995.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Calem Port, 2011

Vintage Port Single Bottle in individual presentation box as illustrated

*** 93-95 Points Robert Parker ***
*** 92 Points Wine Spectator ***

With exceptional 92 points, 2011 Cálem Vintage Port is a wine that, according to Kim Marcus, of Wine Spectator, reveals flavours of "black plums, blackberries and cherries" that "vibrate on the palate" with intense notes of "dark chocolate and spices." This Vintage Port suggests a "powerful control", the result of nobles and "structured tannins", extending the finish. According to Kim Marcus, this is a Vintage Port that follows the "traditional style of wines that need time," and recommends drinking it ideally after 2018.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: Out of Stock

Fonseca Port, 2011

Vintage Port 75cl Bottle

Fonseca declares its vintages only in the most exceptional of years, and in 2011, like many, Fonseca benefitted from a perfect ending to the growing season, ensuring optimum ripeness for their grapes. This allowed deep, powerful and aromatic wines to be made on each of the Fonseca Quintas in the Távora and Pinhão valleys. 2011 has thus given Fonseca another opportunity to express the best characteristics of its vintage port to conoisseurs: its concentration of black fruits, its firm tannic grip, its dense velvety texture and its vibrant aromatics. It bears the promise of many years of development in bottle.
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Price: £99.00
Stock: Out of Stock

Taylor's Port, 2011

Vintage Port MAGNUM

Taylor's Vintage Port is made only in exceptional years, following the rigorous selection and tasting process to meet the requirements for declaration. Historically Taylor's has only declared a maximum of 3 vintages per decade. 2011 has been hailed as a classic vintage by all accounts. Ideal ripening conditions in this year have led Fladgate wine-maker David Guimaraens to conclude that the 2011s 'stand out for the purity of the fruit and the quality of the tannins, which are silky and well integrated but provide plenty of structure. The 2011 vintage is textbook Taylors in its structured aromatics and elegance (according to Fladgate Managing Director Adrian Bridge).
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Price: £199.95
Stock: Out of Stock