D'Oliveira 1977 Bual, Madeira DOC

D'Oliveira 1977 Bual, Madeira DOC

Item Number: 1748

UPC: None

Country: Portugal
Region: Madeira
Sub Region: Madeira
Appellation/AVA: Madeira DOC
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 1977
Grape(s): 100% Bual
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 19

About Bual: For many Madeira lovers, Buals offer the best combination of richness and elegance. The sweetness of the wine (up to 3.5% residual sugar) is balanced by the tang of acidity; the texture, after suitable maturing, is silky and elegant (not cloying). In a fine example, the finish is relatively dry and refreshing. The Bual vines, grown up to a quarter-mile elevation, are not very prolific and only small amounts of this classic grape variety are produced.

Tasting Notes: Nice acidity for the age; caramel, apples, baking spices, dates, roasted coffee, chocolate

Food Pairing: Bual is great with desserts (try sticky toffee date cake ) and rich cheeses.

About D'Oliveira: Founded in 1920, D’Oliveira is a classic Madeira shipper with wines that date from 1619. D'Oliveira is still owned by the same family and has a unique stock of irreplaceable old wines from many of its best vintages. Their wines have powerful aromatics, great lusciousness, structure, and good acidity. All of its vintages are kept in wood and bottled only upon demand, ensuring the best aging of the wine possible.

About Madeira: The small, steep volcanic island of Madeira off the coast of Portugal was historically an important port of call for ships en route to Africa, Asia, and South America, and, in turn, became an important port of call for sailors to stock up on booze. By the end of the 16th century, the Madeiran wine industry had become an international phenomenon. The wines were originally fortified to help them last through their long sea journeys, but drinkers soon developed a taste for the maturation that the heat and the rolling of the ship provided. The wine became so popular in the North American colonies that it was used to toast the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The major grapes in Madeira are Sercial, Verdelho, Bual, and Malvasia, each vinified to a unique style and level of sweetness. Long ship journeys are no longer used for aging, but rather, the estufa method is often employed, in which hot water circulates through a coil in the middle of a steel tank, heating the wine for 90 days, or the wine is stored in a room with steam pipes for 6 months to a year. The finest madeiras, though, are made without any heating besides the sun and time (20 years!). Madeira is decidedly unique, and quite probably the world’s longest living wine.


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (11/1/2008)

    The 1977 D’Oliveiras Boal Reserva reveals superb depth and precision in its leather, spices, toffee and espresso. Smooth and remarkably balanced on the palate, this Madeira offers tons of length and plenty of style.