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Broadbent 10 Year Old Malmsey Madeira

SKU #995386 92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Pretty date, caramel and hazelnut husk notes meld nicely, showing good cut through the ginger- and toasted sesame—infused finish. Starts frankly sweet and ends with mouthwatering cut. (JM) Inner quote mark (7/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The NV Malmsey 10 Year Old wafts from the glass with a rich, figgy bouquet of dried dates, demerara sugar, pecans and sultanas. On the palate, it's full-bodied, sweet and fleshy, with an ample, voluptuous profile and a generous core of somewhat grapey fruit, concluding with a creditably intense, expansive finish. This is a lusty, pleasure-bent Malmsey. (WK) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The Madeira regulations say that 10-years old is the age of the youngest part of the blend. So this richly sweet Malmsey contains many older wines. These are shown in the old gold color, the proper citrus acidity and the dryness that goes with wood aging. At the end, though, the liquid honey flavors are dominant. Inner quote mark (12/2008)

K&L Notes

By definition, Malmsey is the sweetest style of Madeira. Composed of Malvasia (from which the very British "Malmsey" nickname is derived), this is a quite particular and distinctive bottling of Malmsey different from the Blandy's 10 or others you might have tried. To cut to the chase, it is edgier, racier, drier. The legendary, late Michael Broadbent, one of the most famous wine tasters and auctioneers, is responsible for blending this wine, and clearly he was someone who preferred a jolt of acidity in his madeiras, even the typically unctuous, sweet Malmsey. Due to a shorter three month estufagem (the heating process employed to make madeira), at lower temperatures, this wine is not quite as sweet but still has a wonderful sugar and acid balance. A nose hinting at a room of seasoned fortified wine barrels, brown sugar and grapefruit peel, leads to an elegant palate, one that is simultaneously sweet and lively. Enjoy it after a meal on its own, accompanied by cookies, fruit pies, even dark chocolate desserts would likely pair quite nicely.

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