A Mind-Bending Centenarian
1908 D'Oliveiras Boal

Posted by Ian McFadden

D'Oliveiras has long been a standard-bearer and they've supplied me with my greatest Madeira experiences.

There is absolutely no doubt that this is the address for superlative old stocks.

The 1908 Boal drives home just how extraordinary D'Olveiras' old wines can be. I've had the 1908 a number of times and it never fails to be a showstopper.

It's a wine that's so hauntingly complex that you can't ever quite put your finger on it. The 1908's ridiculous length and resonant power covers an almost unimaginative range of flavors and scents. There's spice, earth, burnt citrus, savory resinous notes and even roasted coffee notes.

The most surprising quality of the wine is how it combines a thundering intensity and presence with detail, harmony and undeniable class.

The Boal (or Bual) grape is used to make off-dry Madeiras. For me, it's one of the most appealing categories, especially when the wines start to get come serious age. When it comes to an explanation, you don't have to look any further than the 1908 D'Oliveiras Bual.

I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this offering. Finding old Madeiras keeps on getting more difficult and pricing keeps trending dramatically northward. It's worth noting that bottles can seem almost indestructible after opening.

Please keep in mind that quantities are extremely limited.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits