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The 1869 Lomelino, Boal first sold in 1882


The 1869 Lomelino, Boal. Picture taken by Eric Ifune at the Beauty of Bual Tasting (2014).

The global Great Depression and international financial crisis led to difficult years for many Madeira shippers during the early 20th century.  In 1925 Leacock joined forces with Blandy’s to form the Madeira Wine Association (MWA).  Over the next several decades every major Madeira shipper joined the MWA.  Under the MWA management was centralized.  Members continued to sell under their own labels but old stocks of Madeira were brought together for use by all and new vintages were bought collectively.  Thus a shipper’s name could act simply as a brand with the wine itself having come from another member firm.  A recurring question for consumers of old MWA labels then is which firm was the source of the Madeira in the bottle?

The question arose at The Beauty of Bual Tasting (2014) with regards to the 1869 Lomelino, Boal.  Lomelino joined the MWA where its name was eventually used as a brand beginning in the 1930s.  As a result it was suspected that the 1869 Lomelino, Boal served at the tasting did not contain actual Lomelino wine. Just two other 1869 Boal wines are listed in Noel Cossart’s Madeira the Island Vineyard (2011) the Blandy’s and an unknown producer.  The vast majority of the bottles sold appear under the Blandy’s name.

We may never know the actual source of these wines but we now know that beginning in 1882, Lomelino sold an 1869 Boal from Campanario.  We know this because Commander Tarquinio T. da C. Lomelina advertised his wines in the French periodical Revue de Vins et Liquors from 1880 through 1892.[1] Whether the bottle tasted in 2014 is the same wine as that sold 125 years earlier remains a mystery but the possibility exists!

Here is the wine list from 1882, in descending cost, including the prices in French Francs per dozen bottles ex Madeira.

1821 Sancto Martinho 350
1821 Campanario 350
1821 Camara de Lobos 350
1835 Campanario, Malvasia 269
1838 Campanario, Malvasia 230
1838 Campanario, Boal 230
1844 Sancto Martinho 140
1844 Camara de Lobos 140
1848 Campanario, Boal 115
1847 Campanario, Malvasia 115
1848 Camara de Lobos 115
1848 Sancto Martinho 115
1850 Campanario Boal 80
1850 Sancto Martinho 80
1850 Camara de Lobos, Malvasia 80
1865 Camara de Lobos, Boal 70
1870 Monte, Moscatel 70
1851 Campanario, Sercial 70
1851 Sancto Martinho 70
1869 Campanario, Boal 55
1872 Campanario, Malvasia 55
1868 Sancto Martinho 55
1868 Camara de Lobos 55
1870 Quinta da Paz 50
1870 Sancto Martinho 50
1871 Sancto Martinho 45
1871 Quinta da Paz 45
1873 Santo Roque 40
1873 Campanario 40
1876 Camara de Lobos 35
1877 Sancto Antonio 30


[1] Revue des vins et liqueurs et des produits alimentaires pour l’exportation. 1882. URL: http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb410434488

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