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Christian Seely: two decades at the top

Christian Seely: two decades at the top | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
Victoria Moore meets Christian Seely, managing director of the Quinta do Noval estate and producer of the world's most expensive port.
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Christian Seely Declares After A Spectacular 2011 Noval Innings..

Christian Seely Declares After A Spectacular 2011 Noval Innings.. | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

I am in the Douro right now, where the weather is fine and sunny and spirits are high. On Monday, the Institute of Masters of Wine organised a fantastic tasting in London of all the declared 2011 Vintage Ports, which confirmed that we have a great Vintage on our hands.

 

At Noval, we have declared the Quinta do Noval Vintage 2011, and also, for the first time since the 2003, the Quinta do Noval Vintage Nacional, which is of course a thrilling event. At Romaneira, we have also declared Quinta da Romaneira Vintage 2011.

 

I was here a couple of weeks ago finalising the blends with António Agrellos, and we took some pictures in the tasting room. As they show, we were feeling rather cheerful about the wines. It is always a great moment when you know that you have an outstanding Port wine that you can declare as a Vintage Port, and at Noval it is a rare and exciting event to be able to declare the Nacional as well. There have been a few blog posts about the Nacional over the past few months, following the big tasting we did in New York, and I also wrote a while ago about the tasting of the Nacional 94 with the Wine Spectator, also in New York. image © AXA Millesimes

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Quinta do Noval Vintage Nacional : The New York Tasting

We held an exceptional vertical tasting event in New York (Sept 20th 2012): 12 vintages of the Vintage Nacional, stretching from 2003 all the way back to the...
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Quinta do Noval

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Christian Seely had told me Noval was special: in some ways you get to know a man through the wine he drinks and having shared many great bottles in Bordeaux it was clear that Port wine had stolen a very warm piece of this Englishman's heart. When asked to make my first visit to Portugal's Douro valley, I somehow felt as if I had already watched the sun set from the terrace at Quinta do Noval... http://www.quintadonoval.com/

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Noval Nacional 2011 Declaration

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Wine writer James Suckling suggests the newly declared Quinta do Noval Vintage Nacional 2011 might well be the finest Vintage Port since the legendary 1963... praise indeed for one of the greatest wines in the world... "This is a significant event in Quinta do Noval history: last week, Quinta do Noval declared not only its Vintage 2011 but also its Vintage Nacional 2011, one of the world’s"...

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New map of the Douro offered by Christie’s

New map of the Douro offered by Christie’s | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

"A new map of the Douro Valley will be auctioned alongside a 12 bottle vertical of Quinta do Noval from 1937 to 2003 by Christie’s this June. A further six lots of Port from Noval, Taylor’s, Graham’s and Fonseca will go under the hammer at the sale. Christie’s specialist, Noah May, said they made a “fitting backdrop” to the sale of the vertical and signed copy of the original map, which are expected to fetch £5,400 to £6,200"...

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Quinta do Noval : the film

A powerful film plunges us headlong into the heart of Quinta do Noval : its breath-taking landscapes, its unique terroir, the magic of its harvest, the elabo...
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