Medium Rich Bual, 10 years of age
Provenance: Lombrail-Teucquam Varenne, 1/30/1999
John Leacock first landed on the Island of Madeira in 1741. The leacock family have not only been prominent in the Madeira trade for many generations but also contributed significant research to identifying and subsequently overcoming the phyloxera vine disease which wiped out so many vineyards in the last century. The name Leacock is today synonymous with the finest wines of madeira. This outstanding Bual has been aged in oak casks for 10 years and though mellowed by time is a powerful and well-balanced madeira. Try it with dessert or cheese.
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.
John Leacock came to Madeira in 1741 and began trading under his own name in 1760. The Leacock family continued to run their business through successive generations, with John's two sons, John and William taking the reins in 1791. The next generation was headed by Thomas Slapp Leacock who took control in 1877. Thomas's place in Madeiran history was further cemented when in 1873, he recognised the arrival of phylloxera in local vineyards and started a programme of vine treatment at the Leacock's St. John's property in Pico Sao Joao, that was to ensure the survival of the traditional grape varieties that we know today. Leacock's was acquired by the Madeira Wine Company in 1981.(source: David Elswood)