Blandy's Bual Vertical

Blandy’s 10 Year Old  Bual ****

Mid-amber; lovely smokey aromas, gentle, refined and above all clean, none of the rancio of yesteryear; soft initially, dried apricots followed by lemon and lime marmalade, long and clean with a fine streak of acidity running all the way through.  17

Blandy’s 1996 Colheita Bual **** / *****

Pale green-tinged amber; fine lifted aromas, sings from the glass, smoked apple and a touch of autumn bonfire; lovely crisp citrus character, clean lemon and lime fruit, long and sinewy, sweetness and acidity in perfect balance. 18.5

Blandy’s 1968 Bual *****

Mid-amber, green tinge; lifted, high-toned, grassy, hedgerow aroma, high summer, a touch of toffee apple; lovely, lithe, sinewy flavours, weaves its way across the palate, rich maderized finish. Long and very fine. A beautiful wine.   19

Blandy’s 1920 Bual  **** / ***** 

Mahogany – amber colour, thin green rim; lovely rich, concentrated opulent style, caramelized fruit; fine concentration of flavours, rich toffee-like concentration, not lithe like the 1968 but richer and weightier with texture and depth. Long and fine. 18.5

Scoring

19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)

17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)

15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)

13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)

10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)

8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)

Below 8 Faulty