They don't make Vintage Port every year. The best producers typically declare a vintage a couple of times a decade, and only when it's particularly good. So to get two universal declarations in a row (2016/17) is pretty well unheard of. The last time it happened may have been 1872/73, although some say this is the first time.
Which suggests that the 2017's must be something pretty special, and if you need any more evidence that this is indeed the vintage of a lifetime, look at the reviews that have now started to roll in. They're hugely enthusiastic across the board, but the standout for many is Niepoort. If you're interested in points, it's hard to ignore Julia Harding MW's near-perfect 19.5 score:
Incredible purity, freshness, intensity and harmony. I’ve put a start date of 2025 but this is ridiculously delicious now even though it clearly has massive potential longevity. An incredible dark, rocky purity with a long savoury finish, the fruit is intense but not ultra-fruity. This reminds me of the rocky Douro from which the wines come. Sheer beauty with hidden power. Glorious, very long, totally moreish even now.
19.5 pointsJulia Harding MW
Dirk Niepoort himself is understandably enthusiastic:
The 2017 Vintage Port is epic and a triumph, the best I’ve witnessed in all my years at Niepoort ... it’s possibly our finest Vintage Port since 1945.Dirk Niepoort
Niepoort is our favourite Port producer. They are an independent business founded in 1842 and still owned and run by the Niepoort family. They have made some of the best Port wines for years, as well as branching out into innovative still wines of all styles. The wine will be bottled shortly, then rest in the cellar until December when it will ship. Send requests in now. Don't miss it.
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