Madeiras of the moment

Attic of Blandy's lodge, Funchal

A tasting of Blandy's latest senior releases reminded me of how good madeira can be. So here is a selection of some madeiras currently on the market, most of them far from bank-breaking. See also Missing 150 year-old madeira.

There aren’t many wine producers who can launch a century-old wine, but madeira is no ordinary wine. Blandy’s are dribbling a not inconsiderable 1,199 (75-cl) bottles of 1920 Bual on to international markets, their third release of this particular wine and, as Chris Blandy acknowledged during an online launch of it, this bottling is bound to taste different from those...