Madeira

Madeira is a fortified wine that has been made on a Portuguese island off the coast of Morocco since the fifteenth centrury. They are usually labeled as one of the following types, based upon the grape variety used in their production, in order from sweetest to driest: Malvasia (also known as Malmsey or Malvazia), Bual (or Boal), Verdelho and Sercial. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Madeira among our extensive Madeira wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Madeira reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Madeira, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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98
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Blandy's 1969 Bual (Madeira)

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  1. $230
A superb wine that brings together all the great elements of aged Madeira. There is a wonderful tight acidity over the natural sweetness of the wine, with notes of raisin, dark plum, smoke and surprising freshness, considering its age. This gorgeous limited edition wine will not age longer in the bottle, but can certainly be kept for several weeks once opened.  — R.V.  (12/1/2013)
96
points

Blandy's 1998 Colheita Single Harvest Sercial (Madeira)

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  1. $50
This bone-dry, wood-aged Madeira is intense. Acidity vies with the old wood and spice to give a wine that is unique. The long wood aging has not reduced the vibrancy of the wine, leaving a lingering and impressive aftertaste.  — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
93
points

Cossart Gordon 1995 Colheita Bual (Madeira)

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Bual is the grape that creates the medium-sweet style of Madeira, and this wine fits the bill perfectly. It is a great wine, with its honey, its citrus to balance, its dark, nutty flavors, its merest hint of sweetness. To finish, there is a long, ripe caramel taste, balanced with layers of acidity.  — R.V.  (12/15/2008)
93
points

The Rare Wine Co. NV Historic Series Boston Bual Special Reserve Madeira Blend (Madeira)

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  1. $40
Slightly richer than the Charleston Sercial, the Boston Bual boasts knockout aromas of toasted nut oil, orange peel and hints of dark honey or maple syrup. Despite the extra weight and sweetness, it’s not cloying at all—the finish is mouthwatering and long.  — J.C.  (11/1/2006)
93
points

The Rare Wine Co. NV Historic Series Charleston Sercial Special Reserve Madeira Blend (Madeira)

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  1. $40
The Historic Series are simply great Madeiras at reasonable prices. The Charleston Sercial is the driest of the collection, offering nutty aromas tinged with honey, caramel and maple syrup. Dried figs, honey and candied citrus flavors mark the palate, which is wonderfully smooth. The long finish features racy yet balanced acidity.  — J.C.  (11/1/2006)
93
points

The Rare Wine Co. NV Historic Series New York Malmsey Special Reserve Madeira Blend (Madeira)

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  1. $40
The sweetest and richest in the Historic series, the New York Malmsey unfolds slowly in the glass, gradually revealing layers of depth and flavor. Coffee, toffee and date notes emerge, followed by earthy, almost truffley flavors. Powerful and assertive on the long finish.  — J.C.  (11/1/2006)
92
points

Blandy's NV 10 Year Old Dry Sercial (Madeira)

As warmer weather approaches, this is a wine that should immediately come to mind at apéritif time. This bone-dry style, with its inimitable nutty character, is so fresh, so vibrant. It has some tannins, enlivening acidity giving a great lift at the end. Bring on the freshly salted, roasted almonds.  — R.V.  (12/15/2008)
91
points

Blandy's NV 10 Years Old Rich Malmsey (Madeira)

  1. $37
Mildly syrupy in texture, this is an intensely sweet Madeira balanced by racy acidity. Rancio and brown sugar aromas lead the way, followed by flavors of caramelized nuts, molasses and burnt citrus peel. Excellent length on the finish, where the crisp acids really shine.  — J.C.  (11/1/2006)
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