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1955 Fonseca Vintage Port. Excellent condition, base neck fill. Reproduction label, original capsule branded by the bottling company; Christopher & Co., England.
The 1955 was the only year declared by Fonseca in the 50s. An underrated, indeed almost forgotten, vintage that deserves to be rediscovered. Medium to deep red, with a remarkably youthful ruby edge. Incredible richness and almost young grapey fruit character. As it breathes it opens to reveal spicy mature dark fruit aromas. On the palate it fills the mouth with round, marzipan richness mixed with full chocolate flavor. It is big and fresh and wonderfully balanced with a finish that mixes bottle maturity with plenty of chocolatey fresh fruit.
Christopher & Co was a historic London wine merchant, based for the majority of the 20th century up until its demise, on Jermyn Street in St. James’s. Little wonder that considering its proximity to St. James’s Palace it held the Royal Warrant of five British monarchs throughout the 20th century from 1902 onwards.
Christopher & Co dealt primarily in wine but imported and bottled its own spirits as well. Examples of brandy, blended Scotch and single malts all exist under the Christopher & Co labels, some dating back to the early 20th century. Christopher & Co claimed to be the oldest wine merchant in London, boasting of its heritage on whisky labels with the words ’Wine Merchants in the Parish of St James. Established since the Great Fire of 1666’. It would have out-dated St James’s stalwart Berry Bros. & Rudd, which was established 32 years later in 1698. The company changed premises on several occasions throughout its apparently long history, but by the 20th century it finally settled in the historic Jermyn Street. Christopher & Co ceased trading during the mid-1980s.