|Absinthe Pernod Fils "Garanti Fabriqué en 1913"
This is the classic "benchmark" Pernod Fils with the labels overprinted "Fabriqué en 1913"
(made in 1913). This is a very rare bottling - these bottles were the very last stock produced
by Pernod before the ban in 1914. They were sent to Holland for safekeeping and a small
quantity were released 25 years later for export in 1938 with this special overprinted label.
The balance of the stocks was unfortunately destroyed by bombing during the war. Photos
show the bottle still covered in the original cellar dust!
|Port, Magnificent Wines & Dessert Wines
... & Fabled Vintages
|Some previously sold bottles of vintage port & other wines:
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|Port Quinta do Noval 1931 - SOLD
The nec plus ultra of vintage port. Described by Michael Broadbent as "the Everest" of
vintage ports. Sandeman bottling, original green wax seal. Level top shoulder. A superbly
|Port Burmester Reserva Novidade 1890 - SOLD
A very rare 1890 late-bottled vintage tawny port of superb quality from the famous
house of Burmester. With origins dating back to the 1730's, and a continuing shipping
history of well over two centuries, Burmester is one of the greatest names in port.
The great French authority, Francois Audouze, rated the 1890 Burmester AHEAD of a
1906 Chateau d'Yquem.This is an extremely unusual find - normally one might expect
to find one or two bottles of this vintage every couple of years, to find it in quantity -
we have bought nearly a dozen cases, all in mint condition - is quite unprecedented.
|Port Da Silvas Quinta do Noval Nacional 1950 - SOLD
Produced from pre-phylloxera grapes. Bottled at Oporto in 1952 by Antonio J.E Da
Silva & Ca. LDA, established 1813. Shipped by Rutherford, Osborne and Perkin Ltd.
|Port Quinta do Noval Nacional 1963 - SOLD
Produced in the Douro demarcated region from pre-phylloxera vines. 75cl. 21% alc.
Manufacturing flaw in the glass at base of neck not effecting the integrity of the
bottle at all.
|Vega Sicilia Unico 1942 - SOLD
The vineyards and winery are situated in the broad, somewhat arid, upland
valley of the Duero in northern Spain. The river itself flows west, its name
changing to the more familiar Douro as it crosses the border with Portugal.
First produced in the the 1860’s, Vega Sicilia Unico gained an astonishing
reputation, despite distribution being largely confined to a wealthy private
clientele and the top restaurants of Madrid. It is, or until recently was extremely
idiosyncratic - a novel combination of red Bordeaux grape varieties,
exceptionally long aging in wooden vats and unusually high volatile acidity - once
tasted, never forgotten.
|Grand Constance 1821 - SOLD
Produced from Muscat grapes; the vineyards of "Groot Constantia" being established by
Simon van der Stel, governor of the Cape of Wynberg. In 1805 the English took possession
of the Cape, and because of the Napoleonic Wars, promoted the export of South African
wines to Great Britain. By 1826, trade with Britain was flourishing and wine growers and
merchants invested considerable capital in the industry. This British influence is borne out
by the anglicized version of the vineyard name seen on this label. The wine is mentioned
in the works of Jane Austen, and was also reportedly the favorite wine of Napoleon during
his exile in St Helena.
A similar bottle (dated circa 1750) tasted in 1987 by Michael Broadbent was noted as being
"distinctly spicy, gingery, rich, tangy....very high acidity, almost burning finish".
We are urgently looking to purchase further examples of this wine. If you have a
bottle for sale, please contact us.
|A selection of 19th century
Muscat 1896, Massandra
Red Port 1893, Livadia Red
Port 1892, Livadia White
Muscat 1891 and Tokay
Daniel 1892 - SOLD
Note the distinctive
"Imperial" shape bottle used
for several of the wines.
|The Massandra Collection
The great dessert wines of Russia - Tsar Nicholas II's private vineyard in the Crimea
The fortified and dessert wines of Massandra are legendary, with a distinctive, full flavour that sets them apart
from European and New World wines of similar ilk. More than that, the wines of Massandra occupy an important
place at the heart of Russia's Imperial and cultural history. The winery was built in the late 19th century in order to
supply wines for the Tsar's Summer Palace, called "Livadia", near Yalta. Over the next few decades, Massandra
produced wines to cater for the Tsar's every conceivable need, from wines for Church Communion to those for the
Court, for social functions and for the Tsar's own personal pleasure. The winery has continued to produce
first-class wines ever since and this, combined with the extraordinary architectural merit of its cellars and other
buildings, has earned it a position as one of Russia's most revered officially-designated sites of national
importance. Produced from vines that stretch almost the entire length of the South Coast of the Crimea,
Massandra wines embrace a huge range of sweet wine styles, from Sherry to Madeira, from Port to Marsala, as
well Tokays and Muscats. The tradition of wine-making in the Crimea goes back to the early 19th century - the
result of one extraordinarily rich man's passion for wine. Reputedly richer than the Tsars themselves, Mikhail
Vorontsov spared no expense in his quest to satisfy his insatiable thirst for good wine. To this end, he imported
and planted innumerable types of vine from Western Europe and from these he managed to produce a number of
In 1894, encouraged by Voronstov's success in the region, Tsar Nicholas II decided to build his own winery there.
It was an enormous undertaking. Work on the cellars took three years as miners dug deep into the mountainside
to create a labyrinth of 21 tunnels (each over 150 metres long) that to this day rank among the finest cellars in the
world. An ingenious feat of engineering (a series of carefully positioned air shafts ensures the temperature
remains constantly cool, and fresh spring water creates a natural humidity of 90-95%), the cellars are also
exceptionally solid and strong - when violent earthquakes caused widespread damage in the region in 1920, the
cellars of Massandra were completely unscathed.
In order to ensure that his wines were the best, the Tsar employed Prince Lev Sergervich Golitzin to oversee
production at the winery. An extremely accomplished winemaker, Golitzin devoted himself to developing the wines
that suited the region best, and it is these same wines that define Massandra's output today. Golitzin also had an
extraordinary talent for blending wines, and his "creations" are legendary. His note-keeping, however, was not so
consistent, and he took the recipe for many of his greatest blends with him to the grave. To this day, no one
knows how he made his legendary "Honey of Altae Pastures" and "Seventh Heaven" wines.
When, in 1920, Stalin's troops stormed the gates of Massandra, the future of the winery hung in the balance. But
so impressed was Stalin with the wines he sampled, he decided to preserve both the winery and its historic
"Collection". Under the directorship of Alexander Alexandovich, production continued and Massandra maintained
its impeccable reputation for exceptional wines. The same traditions continue to this day.
Begun by Prince Golitzin in the late 19th century, the Massandra Collection comprises examples of every
Massandra vintage, as well as European wines from the personal collection of Golitzin himself. While the primary
purpose of the collection was - and still is - for research purposes (i.e. to allow for study of the ageing process.),
in more recent times the collection has taken on a commercial function in that it is used as a "deposit" in order to
ensure that commercial quantities of mature wines are available for sale. To this end, some 10,000 bottles are
added to the collection each year. The Collection has had a remarkable history. In the years immediately following
the Russian Revolution, the Crimea was plunged into political turmoil as White Russians (aided and abetted by
German invaders and Anglo-French interventionists) struggled to maintain control of the area. In the midst of
this, the Massandra Collection could easily have been looted, but the entrances to the tunnels in which it was
stored were bricked up so skillfully that it was never discovered. When the Red Army finally took control of the
area in late 1920, they discovered the collection but, rather than raid it, they added to it wines from the Tsar's
palaces at Moscow, St. Petersburg and Livadia. In the following years, wine-making at Massandra continued and
the collection was further augmented. In 1941, however, the charmed, tranquil life of the collection was brutally
disrupted by the imminent threat of Nazi invasion. In an attempt to avoid Nazi appropriation, the entire
collection was packed up and taken out of Yalta to three secret locations. It was a monumental undertaking: each
bottle of wine was marked with an evacuation number and carefully crated before being transported to a safe
place. The only casualty in all of this was the 1941 vintage which could not be crated out because it was still in
vats at the time. Rather than surrender it to the Nazis, Aleksander Yegorov, the director of the winery, ordered
that it be poured into the sea, and for the first (and possibly last) time ever, the Black Sea turned red. The
collection remained hidden until 1944, when it was returned to its original resting place.
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