A dragon-slaying vintage!
In honour of St. George’s Day, The Fladgate Partnership have declared the 2011 Port vintage across their three classic houses; Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft.
“2011 has produced textbook vintage ports, classics in every sense” says Fladgate Managing Director Adrian Bridge. “The wines have a wonderful purity and elegance, but also plenty of backbone and structure.”
Commenting on the potential of the 2011 Ports, not just for enjoyment, he adds that “demand remains strong for new release Vintage Ports as wine consumers all over the world realise they continue to deliver astonishing value compared to many other classic wines.”
Winemaker David Guimaraens adds his stamp of approval, commenting “the 2011s stand out for the purity of the fruit and the quality of the tannins, which are silky and well integrated but provide plenty of structure”.
If further convincing is required to buy in to this fantastic vintage, Port lovers will also be offered large formats from all three houses, including double magnums and imperials, plus a rare, very limited quantity of Vargellas Vinha Velha 2011 Vintage Port from the oldest vines on the Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas vineyard.
Champagne Bollinger at The 159th Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race
Sunday 31st March 2013 – Oxford University claimed victory over Cambridge in the 2013 Boat Race on The Thames over Easter weekend, taking their total victories in this gruelling contest to 77. Cambridge still lead slightly with 81. Rivalry between the two elite universities remains fierce. Much deserved Jeroboams of Bollinger Special Cuvée were presented to, and enjoyed by, the winning Oxford crew at the Chiswick Bridge finish line.
Now in its second year of sponsoring The Boat Race, Champagne Bollinger is proud to be associated with this most British of sporting traditions, established in the same year as the House – 1859. Thousands of spectators braved freezing conditions to line the banks of The Thames, and the global television audience was in the tens of millions. Bollinger took over The Thames Rowing Club on Putney Embankment for an unhindered view of the crews at the start, with Commercial Director Guy de Rivoire joining the flotilla of launches following the boats to present the Champagne at the finish line.
The event saw great success for the ever-growing Bollinger social media campaign with a total Twitter audience of near 500,000 being exposed to the brand’s sponsorship of The Boat Race. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.