Red - Fortified

1954 Blandy's Madeira Bastardo


  • Portugal
  • Madeira
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Community Tasting Notes 1

  • Anonymous wrote: (92 points)

    March 24, 2011 - Blandy's Madeira Bicentenary Celebration (The Cooper Square Hotel, NYC): [Bastardo is a rare grape variety. Can also be known as Bastardinho. In Noël Cossart's book, he refers to this vintage as “Generally very fine wine, Bual, Malmsey and Bastardo Especially Good”, and that the Bastardo grapes are “shy bearers and vulnerable to pests, so were allowed to languish after phylloxera". This rare vintage Bastardo has aged for 40 years in seasoned American oak casks at the Blandy's Wine lodges. The last Bastardo Vintage in the Company private collection.]
    Extremely dark in color, one of the darkest in the tasting, with a glint of green on the rim. Quite perfumed, with pecan pie, burnt sugar and pralines. Substantial richness with good, but not grand, acidity. A medium length finish with tangy sweetness that reminds me a bit of a middleweight Malmsey. Bastardo, in general, can be an acquired taste, but this one is quite successful.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1954
  • Type Red - Fortified
  • Producer Blandy's
  • Varietal Bastardo
  • Designation n/a
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  • Country Portugal
  • Region Madeira
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  • Appellation Madeira

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  • In Cellars 9 (90%)
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