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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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US Vintage Port Tour with Noval & Taylor Fladgate

US Vintage Port Tour with Noval & Taylor Fladgate | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

"A few days ago, I was on tour in the US to launch the 2011 Vintage Ports. This was a joint exercise with the Taylor Fladgate Group. It was a real pleasure to go on tour together and to share our enthusiasm for this great Vintage with the journalists, members of the trade, and Port lovers from all over the States who came along to the tastings"...  Adrian Bridge CEO Fladgate Partnership (L) & Christian Seely CEO of AXA Millesimes (R)

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'Portugal Street' revisited in 2013

'Portugal Street' revisited in 2013 | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

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Until the 17th century the upper end of Piccadilly in London was known as Portugal Street in honour of Catherine of Braganza, the Portuguese Queen Consort of Charles II but by 1743 became known as Piccadilly.

 

Therefore, it is quite fitting the Douro Map should be launched in St James's no more than a stone's throw from this very location.... albeit in the distinguished portals of the Dukes Hotel made famous by Ian Fleming and his James Bond Martinis... and across St James's Street at Christie's famous King Street auction rooms...

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Noval Nacional 2011 Declaration

Noval Nacional 2011 Declaration | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

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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Douro Map and Port Wine at Christie's

Douro Map and Port Wine at Christie's | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

"English artist and author David Eley explains his love of fine Port wine and why he created The New Illustrated Map of the Douro" image © David S. Eley shows small detail from 'The New Illustrated Map of the Douro' to be offered at Christie's together with classic Port wines on 6 June 2013.

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Ai Weiwei and the Douro Map

Ai Weiwei and the Douro Map | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

 

"One of the best Dad’s Army wheezes of the British home guard in the phoney war which later went postal, was to jumble up the sign posts on country lanes in England so that when the panzers rolled up the road to London, they’d end up in Middle Wallop. SA vinous terroir is very Mom’s Army with style sign posts jumbled up and confusion the result. SA wine needs a map.

 

The Douro, first formally demarcated wine appellation in the world, showed the way when Baron Joseph James Forrester produced one in the 1830s.

 

 

A cartographic enterprise which has been brought into the 21st century by David Eley whose Douro Map (above)) will be auctioned at Christie’s in London in June, along with a vertical tasting of 12 vintages of Quinta do Noval from 1937 to 2003"...

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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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Vintage Port's Grand Cru Value

Vintage Port's Grand Cru Value | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Quinta do Noval has finally declared its 2011 Vintage Port and Christian Seely CEO of AXA Millesimes and Adrian Bridge CEO of Taylor Fladgate offer their respective opinions on the great value of Vintage Port: "Markets respond to ‘stunning’ 2011 Ports: Port producers are reporting significant demand from markets worldwide in the wake of their superlative-fuelled 2011 vintage declarations"...

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Port and the Douro's future

Port and the Douro's future | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

JANCIS ROBINSON MW: "My enthusiastic account of the recently declared 2011 vintage ports provoked very different responses from the two major players in the international port business. (I have yet, by the way, to taste any 2011 from Quinta do Noval and, like several posters on the port 2011 thread on our forum, look forward to hearing more about their declaration.)

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Vintage Port : back to the future

Vintage Port : back to the future | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
There are few notable events in life that demand a symbolic purchase. Those looking for a wine with genuine aging potential one should look no further than vintage port.
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Major Port Houses Declare 2011 Vintage | Wine Spectator

Major Port Houses Declare 2011 Vintage | Wine Spectator | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The Douro Valley's top Port houses are declaring the 2011 vintage, making it the first generalized declaration for Vintage Port since the classic 2007 vintage. Even though 2011 was regarded as a difficult growing season in the Douro Valley, Port producers were smiling by the end of harvest. A rainy winter at the start of 2011 proved beneficial, providing deep water reserves for a long, dry spring and early summer. May and June, however, brought alarming hailstorms. “I was at the quinta during the hailstorms, and they brought tears to my eyes,” said António Agrellos, chief winemaker of Quinta do Noval. (image: António Agrellos - Quinta do Noval)

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Vintage Wine Travel

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Vintage Wine Travel in the world's oldest formally demarcated wine region with Pipadouro Turismo Fluvial. Visit the legendary wine estates of the majestic Douro valley, enjoy tutored tastings and private winemaker dinners with unique access to those who create some of greatest Portuguese fine wines.... travel onboard the classic vintage boat 'Friendship 1' while sharing a unique wine experience in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

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Vintage Wine Travel

Vintage Wine Travel | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The ultimate in classic Douro wine tourism with Pipadouro Turismo Fluvial in the world's oldest formally demarcated wine region., fine wine, fine gastronomy onboard Friendship 1. Private visits to legendary wine estates, winemaker dinners and exclusive access to a unique world of fine wine in northern Portugal…como missão a qualidade como excelência. O Douro Vinhateiro e o Romântico Rio Douro como cenário.

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Wish You Were Here ? - 19th c. Postcard of Quinta Do Noval's main entrance..

Wish You Were Here ? - 19th c. Postcard of Quinta Do Noval's main entrance.. | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

An image from another age.... an historic postcard depicting the great front gates of legendary Quinta do Noval in the Douro valley, home to some the world's greatest Port wines.

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2011 Vintage Port NY Times

2011 Vintage Port NY Times | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

All the major Port houses in Portugal's Douro Valley have declared 2011 a vintage Port, something that is done only in select years -- on average, three times every decade. Ramos Pinto's Qta do Bom Retiro (image © David S. Eley)

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Douro in London with Christie's

Douro in London with Christie's | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

On 6 June 2013 the number 1 artist's proof of The New Illustrated Map of the Douro was sold together with six prestige lots of classic Port wine. This included, Noval Nacional 1994, 2000, 2003, Noval Colheitas back to 1937, Graham's VP 70', Taylor's VP 94' and Fonseca VP 94'. This marks the only occasion to date that the Douro Valley has been given such prominence in the United Kingdom and internationally.

 

The cover of Christie's catalogue carried the Douro Map and the first two pages of the sale catalogue featured the map and all six lots of Port wine ahead of the greatest Bordeaux and Burgundy... including some lots of Romanée Conti carrying individual estimates of up to 100,000 euros... the sale total was in excess of 1.5million euros.

 

            DOURO MAP - NOVAL - GRAHAM'S - TAYLOR'S - FONSECA

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Vitabella Wine features Douro Map

Vitabella Wine features Douro Map | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
A world of Luxury Wine, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Napa, Tuscany, Rioja and Marketing Strategy  The New Illustrated Map of the Douro offered at London Christie’s with a substantial collection of Noval Nacional, Graham’s, Taylor’s and Fonseca Port wines
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The Exceptional 2011 Vintage Port with James Suckling

The Exceptional 2011 Vintage Port with James Suckling | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

"Last week we visited Oporto and the beautiful Douro Valley, the only place on earth where real Port wine can be made. This trip was particularly special: We were coming for the first universal vintage declaration since 2007. And we weren't disappointed"..

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Christie's Douro Map Press Release

GRAHAM'S - FONSECA - TAYLOR'S - NOVAL - NACIONAL  - DOURO

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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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The Architecture of Hedonism: Port and the Douro Valley | Special Feature | Christie's

The Architecture of Hedonism: Port and the Douro Valley | Special Feature | Christie's | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
English artist and author David Eley explains his love of fine Port wine and why he created The New Illustrated Map of the Douro.
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Douro Map Launch at Christie's

Douro Map Launch at Christie's | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

 

The New Illustrated Map of the Douro with a Classic Port Wine Collection Taylor’s - Noval - Graham’s - Fonseca 6th June 2013 Christie’s King Street

 

“The first new map for over 160 years is a significant development in the history of the Douro valley” Adrian Bridge CEO Fladgate Partnership

 

“the finished work is clearly a tour de force from serious artist, a beautifully designed window on the Douro valley of today, and a fitting homage to the timeless Forrester work” Rupert Symington joint M.D. Symington Family Estates

 

On the 6th of June 2013 The New Illustrated Map of the Douro by David Eley will be launched in the U.K. at Christie's historic London auction rooms.

 

The Original Map Company - London

Note: image shows a small detail from full size 3 metre map of the Douro Valley and its leading estates. The Douro Map is published in 2 archival limited editions, including a half size 'Collectors Edition'. Details of how to purchase this handsome limited edition may be obtained from The Original Map Company - http://www.theoriginalmapcompany.com or email  info@theoriginalmapcompany.com

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Vintage Wine Travel

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Vintage Wine Travel with 'Friendship 1' - luxury wine tourism on the mighty River Douro in Northern Portugal, private quinta visits, exclusive winemaker dinners and tutored tastings of both still and Port wines, experiennce the extraordinary beauty of the world's oldest formally demarcated wine region and UNESCO World Heritage Site…como missão a qualidade como excelência. O Douro Vinhateiro e o Romântico Rio Douro como cenário.

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Christian Seely 'dying' to be at Noval

Christian Seely 'dying' to be at Noval | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

AXA Millésimes president Christian Seely on his fears, loves and hates as well as where he wants his ashes scattered.

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To Declare or not to Declare

To Declare or not to Declare | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

"Vintage Port is a fascinating example of a category which has gained a fanatical following amongst a relatively small constituency of wine connoisseurs, most of them based in Great Britain and latterly the USA. Berry Bros are lucky enough to be the largest single importer of Vintage Port into the UK, and to have a treasured stock of early London (BB&R) bottlings of celebrated vintages in the Family Reserves"...

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