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Vintage (or Frasquiera) Madeira must be aged in cask for a minimum of 20 years, in practise they are aged for much longer, before being bottled under Madeira Wine Institute supervision. The wine must then be aged in bottle for a further two years before being released for sale. Madeira is a complex, interesting wine and is made in virtually every vintage. Due to the unique estufagem aging process Madeira is one of the longest-lived wines and also improves for days after opening, but will keep, once opened, for a month and more in a decanter. It makes an ideal wedding or anniversary present. Cossart Gordon Frasqueira-Vintage Madeiras continually fetch the very highest prices at international fine wine auctions. They are renowned for their superb quality and style. The 1908 Cossart Gordon is made form 100% Bual grapes.
“Most breathtaking of all, though, was Cossart-Gordon’s 1908 Bual, a wine of glowing clarity from its brick-red heart to its green rim (typical of all old Madeira). It seemed to smell of time itself, mossy and earthy yet ethereal too; it unraveled enthrallingly in the mouth, with different layers of flavour settling like geological strata firmly down on the tongue and gripping it for minutes with suggestions of grapes, raisins, pepper, salt, caramel, chocolate. Hugh Johnson once described the defining quality of great wine as an energy in the mouth, and this old Bual was the perfect illustration of what he meant. 24 points out of 25.” Andrew Jefford in 1999.