Fonseca

Fonseca

Fonseca was founded in 1822 when Manuel Pedro Guimaraens acquired control of the Fonseca & Monteiro Company. As a condition of the sale, Fonseca insisted that his name be retained.

Shortly after, Manuel Pedro Guimaraens was forced to flee Portugal due to the civil war in an empty port wine cask. During this period, Fonseca grew rapidly in reputation and importance and by 1840 the firm had become the second largest shipper of Port Wine.

Today Fonseca Guimaraens is still a family wine shipper with David Guimaraens being the 6th generation involved in the industry.

In the last 40 years, Fonseca (the middle syllable rhymes with "tech") has been the most "on form" in Vintage Port years, with resounding successes in 1963, 1970, 1977, 1985, 1992, 1994 and 1997, which has created demand and, as a result, it can command the highest prices.

Fonseca is, in fact, a partner to its rival, Taylor's though the two brands have kept their separate identities. Long-lived, the vintage wines are renowned for their quality and intensity of fruit, sheer opulence, structure and balance to last for decades. Fonseca is without doubt a top name and one that everyone should aspire to try.

Much of the fruit used for Fonseca’s Vintage Port comes from Quinta do Panascal, purchased in 1978 which then undertook a substantial programme of renovation and development leading to the addition of Quinta do Val dos Muros in 1985. The property now comprises just over 76 hectares of which 44 hectares is under vine producing 858 hectolitres of Port.

All of the grapes are foot trodden in granite lagares situated on the property. Wines from the Tavora Valley are credited with their solid backbone and concentration seen in the Panascal Single Quinta Vintage Port that Fonseca produces when a general vintage declaration is not made.

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Item Case format   Availability Price per case
Jancis Robinson MW17+/20
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
2 cases £200.00
BBX
2009 Fonseca, Port, Portugal
Red
2009
Lay down
Full Bodied
Luscious
20.5% Alcohol
Wine Advocate97-99/100
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BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
New To BBX
6 cases £255.00
New To BBX
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
2 cases £360.00
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £370.00
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £420.00
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £497.00
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BBX
2011 Fonseca, Port, Portugal
Red
2011
Lay down
Full Bodied
Luscious
20.0% Alcohol
Wine Advocate95/100
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
4 cases £240.00
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
2 cases £240.00
BBX
2007 Fonseca, Port, Portugal
Red
2007
Lay down
Full Bodied
Luscious
20.0% Alcohol
Wine Advocate96/100
BBX marketplace BBX 12 x 75cl bottles BBX
3 cases £600.00
BBX marketplace BBX 12 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £795.00
BBX
2000 Fonseca, Port, Portugal
Red
2000
Drink, youthful
Full Bodied
Luscious
20.5% Alcohol
Wine Advocate93/100
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
2 cases £475.00
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £485.00
BBX
1985 Fonseca, Port, Portugal
Red
1985
Drink, at peak
Full Bodied
Sweet
20.5% Alcohol
Antonio Galloni, Vinous95
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £350.00
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £360.00
BBX
2017 Fonseca, Port, Portugal
Red
2017
Lay down
Full Bodied
Luscious
20.0% Alcohol
Wine Advocate97/100
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £750.00
BBX
1994 Fonseca, Port, Portugal
Red
1994
Drink, at peak
Full Bodied
Luscious
20.5% Alcohol
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £300.00
BBX marketplace BBX 12 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £600.00
BBX
1997 Fonseca, Port, Portugal
Red
1997
Drink, at peak
Full Bodied
Luscious
20.5% Alcohol
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £175.00
BBX
2015 Fonseca, Guimaraens, Bicentenary, Port, Portugal
Red
2015
Lay down
Full Bodied
Luscious
20.0% Alcohol
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BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £248.00
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £280.00
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
New To BBX
1 case £320.00
New To BBX
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £325.00
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £345.00
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £476.00
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BBX
2016 Fonseca, Port, Portugal
Red
2016
Lay down
Full Bodied
Luscious
20.5% Alcohol
Neal Martin, Vinous95/100
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
1 case £170.00
BBX marketplace BBX 6 x 75cl bottles BBX
New To BBX
1 case £195.00
New To BBX
BBX
2018 Fonseca, Guimaraens, Port, Portugal
Red
2018
Lay down
Full Bodied
Luscious
20.0% Alcohol