Sandeman Vau Vintage Premier 1997

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Dark purple in color, with wonderful violet, berry and cherry aromas. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with a solid core of...

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Out third vintage Port of the Top 100, and another example of the changing face of today’s Port. Modern in style, with clean, fruit-driven flavors,... Read more

Get your fountain pen out — this is inky. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with lots of velvety yet firm tannins. A beautifully crafted young Port. Sa... Read more

George Sandeman created Vau Vintage as a new idea for a secondary declaration. It is not tied directly to a quinta’s production, as is now required... Read more

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External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Out third vintage Port of the Top 100, and another example of the changing face of today’s Port. Modern in style, with clean, fruit-driven flavors, this is the best Sandeman since the ’60, and readily available, too.


External Review
04/18/2013

Get your fountain pen out — this is inky. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with lots of velvety yet firm tannins. A beautifully crafted young Port. Sandeman is back after three decades.


External Review
04/18/2013

George Sandeman created Vau Vintage as a new idea for a secondary declaration. It is not tied directly to a quinta’s production, as is now required for single quinta wines. Instead, it is blended from the best lots available in that vintage, but made for earlier consumption than a classic, more weighty and structured vintage would be (one simply labeled “Sandeman”). This ’97 is simple and direct, its primary black fruit chewy and unevolved. The flavor continues in a straight line, lasting and balanced. Drinkable early as a young, fruity wine, this will probably be at its best when the fruit has evolved, around 2007 to 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Aromas of sweet raspberry, prune and a hint of tobacco. Well-balanced, with beautiful raisin and fig flavors; finishes with ripe, plummy fruit. Should develop nicely over time. Another one for the cheese course.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/09/2013

Get your fountain pen out andmdash; this is inky. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with lots of velvety yet firm tannins. A beautifully crafted young Port. Sandeman is back after three decades.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/09/2013

George Sandeman created Vau Vintage as a new idea for a secondary declaration. It is not tied directly to a quintaandrsquo;s production, as is now required for single quinta wines. Instead, it is blended from the best lots available in that vintage, but made for earlier consumption than a classic, more weighty and structured vintage would be (one simply labeled andldquo;Sandemanandrdquo;). This andrsquo;97 is simple and direct, its primary black fruit chewy and unevolved. The flavor continues in a straight line, lasting and balanced. Drinkable early as a young, fruity wine, this will probably be at its best when the fruit has evolved, around 2007 to 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Perhaps the major surprise is that one of the top wines is a single quinta Port from Sandeman, a house that, after a fairly lean period, is reaffirming its commitment to vintage Port. This is luscious, rich, almost creamy in texture, with piles of black fruit, lavender and spice.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Dark purple in color, with wonderful violet, berry and cherry aromas. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with a solid core of fruit and tannins. Long finish. Subtle. Best Sandeman since the 1960s.

Dark purple in color, with wonderful violet, berry and cherry aromas. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with a solid core of fruit and tannins. Long finish. Subtle. Best Sandeman since the 1960s.

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