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Sercial Blandy 1940

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Blandy's 1940 Sercial was bottled in 1986 after 46 years in cask. There's alovely dark-golden colour and hints of orange zest and a salty tang to the noseof this fabulous old, old wine. This is elegant and stylish, with fantasticlength. Gold medal winner in the 1994 Interantional Wine Competition. Nose oflemon-tinged butterscotch, softened to become more fruity in the glass. Mediumdry, lean, rapier-like acidity crossing the palate but with a lovely warmingaftertaste. Glorious. (Michael Broadbent, September 1987)

Region: Portugal » Madeira

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  • 1940

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Color: White
Varietal: Sercial
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Blandy's Madeira - (Grupo Symington):
The Blandys are unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wine trade to still own and manage their own original wine company; nearly 2 centuries of fine wine production, 1811 - 2003. The first Blandy to arrive on the island was John Blandy in 1807 at the age of 23. He was a quartermaster in General Beresford's army and was posted to Madeira to help defen... Read more
The Blandys are unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wine trade to still own and manage their own original wine company; nearly 2 centuries of fine wine production, 1811 - 2003. The first Blandy to arrive on the island was John Blandy in 1807 at the age of 23. He was a quartermaster in General Beresford's army and was posted to Madeira to help defend the island from a possible attack by Napoleon. It was during this time that his interest in the Madeira wine trade grew, and after briefly returning to England in 1810 to marry Janet Burden, he finally settled on the island as a general trader in 1811. It was during the following years that the Blandy family became established on Madeira, not only through the wine trade, but also as managers and agents of ships and their cargo using Funchal as a port of call. John Blandy is also reputed to have made the first butter on the island at his Quinta de Santo Antonio da Serra in 1850, which he subsequently marketed in the local grocer's shop in Funchal. John Blandy's son Charles Ridpath Blandy, continued the business. During the disastrous oidium plague in 1852 it was he who had the foresight to buy up a great proportion of the stocks of old wine on the island, thus safeguarding his company's ability to continue selling fine Madeira. The Blandy family has played a leading role in the development of Madeira wine throughout its long history and in the economic development of this remote Atlantic Island. The family continues today to live on Madeira, maintaining a tradition that goes back to 1811. Read less

Blandy's 1940 Sercial was bottled in 1986 after 46 years in cask. There's alovely dark-golden colour and hints of orange zest and a salty tang to the noseof this fabulous old, old wine. This is elegant and stylish, with fantasticlength. Gold medal winner in the 1994 Interantional Wine Competition. Nose oflemon-tinged butterscotch, softened to become more fruity in the glass. Mediumdry, lean, rapier-like acidity crossing the palate but with a lovely warmingaftertaste. Glorious. (Michael Broadbent, September 1987)

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