Madeira 1870 Jardim do Mar
Sercial, Rebottled in 2016
Provenance: Christies Geneve, 11/12/2017
Tasting note: Intense high toned nose with creme brulee and floral aromas. Nicely opening up after some time in the glass. Straw. At first smell the wine appeared a bit tired. Ethereal. Focused start of taste, fine, butter scotch but dry aromas in the mouth. Nice Canteiro aged acidity on the finish. Very nice Sercial. Classic a bit rough with longue lingering taste. Strikingly butterscotch on the flavour. After half an hour more inviting nose of firestone, salty even, high toned still. Smokey tones. Fresh acidity. Getter better with time in the glass. June 2016 EV.
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The island of Madeira has been producing and exporting its namesake wine virtually since the Portuguese discovered it in 1419. Since then, Madeira’s location in the middle of important trade routes meant the success of its wines mirrored the worldwide geopolitical situation. The fortified wine’s fortunes have soared during times of peace, prosperity, and free trade and plummeted during conflict and international upheaval.