Sandeman Vau Vintage
1997 / 1.5 L.
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
93 pts.Wine Enthusiast: December 15, 1999
Perhaps the major surprise is that one of the top wines is a single quinta Port from Sandeman, a house that, after a fairly lean period, is reaffirming its commitment to vintage Port. This is luscious, rich, almost creamy in texture, with piles of black fruit, lavender and spice.
92 pts. Wine Spectator: January 15, 2001
Out third vintage Port of the Top 100, and another example of the changing face of today’s Port. Modern in style, with clean, fruit-driven flavors, this is the best Sandeman since the ’60, and readily available, too.
92 pts.Wine Spectator: February 29, 2000
Dark purple in color, with wonderful violet, berry and cherry aromas. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with a solid core of fruit and tannins. Long finish. Subtle. Best Sandeman since the 1960s. Best after 2008.
90–94 pts. Wine Spectator: ,
Get your fountain pen out — this is inky. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with lots of velvety yet firm tannins. A beautifully crafted young Port. Sandeman is back after three decades.
88 pts.Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: May/Jun 2000
Bright ruby. Fruity, ripe aromas of black cherry, blackberry and maple syrup. Not especially fleshy or sweet but juicy and intensely flavored, with notes of smoke, chocolate and orange peel. Finishes with lovely freshness and sneaky length. Shows modest structure for aging but this stylish wine offers considerable early appeal.
88 pts.Wine & Spirits: April 1, 2000
George Sandeman created Vau Vintage as a new idea for a secondary declaration. It is not tied directly to a quinta’s production, as is now required for single quinta wines. Instead, it is blended from the best lots available in that vintage, but made for earlier consumption than a classic, more weighty and structured vintage would be (one simply labeled “Sandeman”). This ’97 is simple and direct, its primary black fruit chewy and unevolved. The flavor continues in a straight line, lasting and balanced. Drinkable early as a young, fruity wine, this will probably be at its best when the fruit has evolved, around 2007 to 2012.
Santé: December, 2000
Aromas of sweet raspberry, prune and a hint of tobacco. Well-balanced, with beautiful raisin and fig flavors; finishes with ripe, plummy fruit. Should develop nicely over time. Another one for the cheese course.