An exploration of wine

717. Barbeito, Boal Madeira, 1943

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Book 4 Wine 717

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I bought this for Dad’s 70th birthday. Unfortunately, I can’t find a rough tasting note to refer back to, to do any kind of justice to the flavour and style of this wine. But what can be said undoubtedly is the power of Madeira to play this role. Since everything bad that can be done to a bottle of wine has already been done to Madeira – heating and oxidising it – coupled with being sweet and fortified, the stuff is practically indestructible. That meant this 1943 was drinking superbly well 70 years later and the bottle kept open for some months afterwards. And at only a few hundred Pounds, comparatively reasonably priced for a wine of that age too.

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