Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009


Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009

Region: Portugal / Douro Valley Porto
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela

The wines used to produce Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage were drawn from a reserve of some of the best full bodied red ports produced during the 2009 harvest, from grapes grown on Fonseca’s own vineyards and other top properties in the Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. These wines are aged in wood vats of 50 pipes (27,500 litres) capacity and then bottled after five years. A limited quantity of this outstanding blend was produced. Late Bottled Vintage is bottled when ready to drink. This port benefits from being decanted before serving, as it is not filtered when bottled.

90 Points

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2009 vintage
92 Points

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2009 vintage
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harvest note

2009 will be remembered as a year of low yields. This was partly due to the small amount of fruit and also to the effect of the very dry ripening season. Dormancy ended very early, with bud burst starting at Pinhão in the first week of March. The ripening season started with relatively cool weather which continued throughout July but in August this turned to intense heat. From July through to the harvest in September, there was almost no rain. These hot, arid conditions produced concentrated musts, rich in colour, tannins and sugar and by early September the grapes had reached phenolic maturity. An early start to the harvest ensured that the wines had a good acid balance and avoided over ripeness.

tasting note

Deep purple black, wonderful exuberance, overflowing with red currants, blackcurrants and logan berries. The palate is sumptuous, rich in blackfruit and spice with a hint of mocha and a smidge of tobacco. The finish is long, encouraging you to reach for your glass to take another sip. Velvety smooth, but with great structure.

food pairing

A perfect end to the meal, this benefits from decanting. A generously-proportioned glass will show its rich fruity nose best. Excellent with full-flavored blue cheeses (Stilton or Roquefort), chocolate and berry fruit desserts.

technical data

GRAPES: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela
PH: 3.79
ACIDITY: 4.34 g/L
ABV: 19.78%

points of distinction

  • An LBV made from Fonseca’s own estate vineyard grapes
  • Produced in high quality vintages when a general vintage is not declared
  • Shows many of the characters of vintage Porto, but is ready to drink sooner
  • about the grape +
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“My team and I strive to bring the very best performance out of our vineyards by careful nurturing of the vines, combined with the very best winemaking techniques available.”

– David Guimaraens, Winemaker

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