Christmas Port - Fonseca Vintage Port 1985

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Fonseca has been making port since 1815 and has always been a key player on the vintage port front.  They are big, round wines, known for their expressive, luscious fruitiness which develops great opulence and complexity with age. With 31 years it is drinking beautifully now.

James Suckling, in his authoritative book on Vintage Port states The vintage Ports of Fonseca are perhaps the most consistently great of them all. Not only do they have a striking fleshiness and powerful richness when young, but they retain that youthfulness for decades.”

The Fonseca 1985 is superb for drinking this Christmas, generous and seductive, plenty of fruit still and with a lovely long, velvety finish. It seems Port Guru, Richard Mayson seems to agree…”A real ‘wow’ of a wine”.

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Fonseca Vintage Port 1985

The 1985 Fonseca is still youthful in appearance with hardly any ageing on the rim. The nose offers kirsch, sloes and Christmas cake. With time, there are subtle notes of dried fig and dates beginning to emerge and add to the complexity. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced on the supple, rounded entry. It is not quite as complex as the aromatics, with dates and dried fig, the finish mellow and refined. It is very elegant for a Fonseca, weighty but supremely well focused. This is a fabulous Fonseca that is ready to drink now, but will age for another 30 or 40 years. Drink now-2030+.

93 points, Neal Martin

“A troublesome vintage for many shippers, but Fonseca 1985 never fails to impress: tight-knit, dense and minty with a core of concentration and pure berry fruit. Succulent, wonderfully fresh and vibrant at 30 years old. Peacock’s tail of a finish. A real ‘wow’ of a wine that promises to last a lifetime.”

96 points Richard Mayson

"Full bodied. Powerful. Still opaque; soft, sweet fleshy. Well endowed with fruit, alcohol and tannin for longevity. My style of wine. Magnificent. Drink 1998-2030. Potentially outstanding." 

5 stars Michael Broadbent

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