Porto 1944 Gonzalez Byass
Vintage Port, Glass Shoulderbutton with Brand Name, Bottled 1946, Vila Nova de Gaia
Provenance: De Baecque, 11/3/2015
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The early 1800s was a watershed era for the vintners of Portugal’s Douro Valley, On one hand, the grape harvest of 1820, after fermenting and aging for four years, presented connoisseurs with a wine of remarkable sweetness, with “plenty of crust and plenty of color…and a well-stained cork,” according to T.G. Shaw, who recorded his views in Wine, the Vine, and the Cellar (1863), The remarkable vintage established Portuguese wine as a favorite among the British.
Gonzalez Byass & Co
This famous sherry producer was founded 1835 but came to Oporto 1895. It was first represented by Hunt Roope but disagreement caused that in 1896 they started to declare their own port. From 1901 they were sole buyers of Quinta de Roriz owned by the van Zeller family. Their own best quinta was Quinta de Sabordella.1983 the House was sold to Vasconsellos and 1989 Sandeman bought this firm and ended Gonzalez Byass history.
Mr M. Gonzalez was part of the Gonzalez Byass family and when the firm of Gonzalez Byass was sold he retained Quinta do Sabordella and started producing port in his own name. He died in the late 1980's and produced only one vintage under his own name - 1985.