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2008 Vieira de Sousa Vieira de Sousa LBV Port Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão Porto Douro
SRP: $41.533333333333 Bottle / $249.2 case of 6
1-55 Cases Landed Profit Margin: 29.09%
56+ Cases Landed Profit Margin: 33.50%
FOB Profit Margin: 42.32%
Vieira de Sousa is a newly founded official Port house that dates back to the 18th century; as they have always farmed exceptional fruit from the Douro River region, but historically have sold the majority of their juice to the large estates as their primary business. As they have made small bits of port for the family for over a century, the house has now moved to making only their own Port as Luisa Vieira de Sousa Borges (the current generation of the family) completed a degree in oenology in 2008, and was ready to take her family’s business to a new level. She is 30 years old, ambitious, and tackling a world of old traditional wine made by old men and doing incredible things with her family’s property. All of these incredible wines are made only from estate fruit, coming from four different quintas (vineyards) at varying elevations, dispositions, and influences. In 2009 they bottled their first vintage port from their top Quinta do Roncão Pequeno site, the rest will now be history. They foot crush the fruit in old stone lagares, let only the natural yeasts begin the fermentation in stainless steel, allow natural settling for clarification, and they use incredibly delicate brandy for fortification. The result in their aged wines is exceptional, classic, and will be recognized as some of the greatest Port available on the market. '2008 Late Bottle Vintage' was destined for vintage Port yet continued its aging longer than the maximum three years allowed and was bottled after its fifth year of aging. A hand-harvested blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinta Cão, and Tinta Roriz, is brought to the cellar for an old-fashioned foot crushing in large concrete lagares to begin a natural fermentation. When halted by fortifying with grape brandy, the wine is moved to large and old oak vats for aging before bottling. This LBV is dark ruby in color and shows concentrated qualities of red and black fruit, with spicy pepper and dark chocolaty goodness. Very smooth tannins and an overall balance on the palate makes this extra aged vintage specific Port a remarkable choice for pairing with strong cheese, chutneys and nuts.
Fanciful Name: Vieira de Sousa LBV Port
Varietal: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão
Annual Production: 4500
Country Of Origin: Portugal
Bottle Size: 750
Bottles Per Case: 6
Closure Type: Cork