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Bestle

The wine merchant company Georg Bestle A/S was one of Denmarks oldest companies and originates back to 1790. It was founded by Hans Petersen Kinckel. The company was acquired by Chr. W. F. Bestle in 1853. Chr. W. F. Bestle's son, Georg Christian Bestle, inherited the company, merged it with his own wine merchant business and changed the name of the company to Georg Bestle A/S in 1892. The company was issued a Royal warrant of appointment to the Royal Danish Court. Bestle was very well regarded as a wine merchant and was renowned for its Danish bottling’s of vintage port. Bestle had a long relationship with Sandeman and is known to have bottled Sandeman as vintage port for a long period. Bestle has also bottled Vintage Port as Buyers Own Brand, B.O.B., under the Bestle label.

In 1974 Georg Bestle A/S was purchased by Vingaarden A/S, another major wine and spirits company which later, in 2003, is merged with De Danske Spritfabrikker A/S. This results in V&S Danmark A/S, a subsidiary of the large Swedish wine and spirits company Vin & Sprit AB, included in the multinational Pernod-Ricard group since 2008.

Bestle Vintages:1947, 1950, 1958

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseBestleVintage1947
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetWonderful complex bouquet with cinnamon, Christmas raisin and much more.Score range16.00 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Elegant, complex, fully mature with a wonderful ginger bread aftertaste. Quite lovely.Average score
Last tasted26th December 2007Point this date16.00
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBestleVintage1950
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetNot so attractive bouquet. A bit old and tired.Score range
TasteMedium body. Fully mature but must have been better not quite OK and balanced.Average score
Last tasted15th April 2006Point this date14.50
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBestleVintage1958
ColourYellow mature rim. Thin.Number of tastings1
BouquetVery shy indeed. Ether and pharmacy in the nose.Score range
TasteLight in body, thin, dry and short aftertaste. Must have been much better I hope.Average score
Last tasted20th March 2003Point this date11.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
Said and believed to be Kopke.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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