Fonseca Vintage Port 2016


Un des meilleurs Porto du millésime !

Gain fidélité 5.00%
Vallée du Douro
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Bouteille de 75cl
Durant 20 mois en fûts de chêne
99 g/dm3
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Créée en 1815, la maison Fonseca s’approvisionne à travers 3 vignobles mythiques : Quinta de Panascal, Cruzeiro et Santo Antonio. Ce sont les “Guimaraens”, propriétaires historiques de la maison qui s’associent en 1948 à la maison Taylor’s tout en restant indépendant en matière de vinification. C’est d’abord Bruce Guimaraens le père qui produit de mythiques millésimes comme l’exceptionnel 1985 par exemple, puis son fils David qui maintient la réputation de cette grande maison de Porto révélant à son tour, un 92 puis un 94 hors pair !

Ce Fonseca Vintage 2016 révèle une grande pureté aromatique. On trouve de belles épices et un éclat de fruit redoutable. En bouche, l’équilibre sucre/acidité est saisissant et les tanins remarquables. La longueur est impressionnante et donne la sensation de ne jamais se tarir. C’est un vin qui gagnera à être attendu quelques années afin de saisir pleinement la complexité de ce dernier. Le porto Fonseca vintage 2016 a été dégusté lors de la présentation des Vinissimes des magasins Nicolas. C’est un très grand porto, d’un crémeux hors pair, de grand volume en bouche. Déjà très agréable, c’est un grand d’aujourd’hui qui vieillira (très) bien : il pourra fêter le départ en retraite de vos enfants (même s’ils ne sont pas encore nés !).

Suggestion gourmande

Tajine de porc aux pruneaux.

Avis des Experts

James Suckling
"Lots of ripe fruit here with raisins and wet earth that turn to violets and hot stones. Full-bodied, tannic and powerful with fantastic grip and intensity. Grabs you. Impressive."
The Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend sourced from the typical three Quintas (Panascal in the Tavora Valley and Quinta do Cruzeiro and Quinta de St Antonio in the Pinhão Valley). This was not quite bottled when first seen (set for a week later). It is now in the USA. It was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 99 grams of residual sugar. This dry and focused Fonseca was, in my initial July 2018 report, the pick of the Fladgate Group's litter in 2016. What has most changed in this issue is that Taylor's is showing a lot better while this has closed down a bit more. This is not seriously diminished, though. It is pretty brilliant. If you want that old-school power, it comes with Fonseca in this vintage. Taylor's may have the sexiest fruit of the three, but this seems to have the most muscle. It is true that the balance on the two just might be affecting that perception. Taylor's has a bit more mid-palate depth to soak up the power. Still, if Taylor's is flashier and richer in 2016, this seems even more serious. In the long lifespan of Ports, to be sure, it won't be unusual for them to keep flipping back and forth. Admittedly, this is also probably the hardest to read. Still, I couldn't help but think that this might have slightly more upside potential. Check in around 2060 or so to see if I'm right. (Send me an email if you don't think so. I want to hear from you.) On this second look, this Fonseca is still remarkably expressive, lifted and gloriously fresh, even with that slight closing. It has reasonable mid-palate concentration but even better intensity of flavor. Despite that intensity of flavor, it is not quite as sexy as it is in some years, at least not yet, as the tannins are firmly in charge. That isn't changing anytime soon. This rather stern Fonseca simply revels in its brilliant structure. This is a Port that demands cellaring if you want it to be all it can be. You and it will profit from at least 10 more years of cellaring. Doubling that will help a lot more."
Wine Spectator
"This leads in with bramble, spearmint and blueberry notes, with the energy extending through the core of dark plum, blackberry and fig fruit. The finish features a strong graphite spine, allowing this to draw deep water, but this remains stylish in feel overall. The definition of suave."
" Closed and withdrawn on the nose at this stage with an underlying dusting of ripe tannins evident. Firm, sweet cassis and berry fruit, with classic dark chocolate intensity at the core, backed by broad yet tight-knit peppery tannins which lead to a big, grippy finish. Very fine with a hugely promising future ahead."
Wine Enthusiast
"This bottling brings together a fine structure with great fruit to give a luscious wine that is also destined for long-term aging. With its ripe berry flavors sustained by some acidity, this is already balanced."