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Leacock's Madeira Wine

   

Leacock's Madeira Wine

John Leacock sailed to Madeira from the United Kingdom (after the death of his father) in 1741 and at the age of 15 became the youngest apprentice at the firm of Madeira merchants, Catanach and Murdoch, staying until his contract expired on 11 March 1749. During his apprenticeship, he had been in constant contact with an old-school friend, John Patient, residing at that time in Charlestown, South Carolina who suggested that they themselves should commence trading. Leacock agreed and this marks the birth of the now world famous company.

Leacock's Madeira Wine His partnerships and business associates are not easy to follow. We do however know that George Spence (former partner of a rival shipping firm, Newton and Spence - now known as Cossart & Gordon), joined him in 1758, Michael Nowlan in 1759 and John Russell Spence, son of George Spence joined in 1762.

By far the most distinguished of the family was Thomas Slapp Leacock whose tenacity in identifying and treating the phylloxera vatatrix vine disease at his Saint John vineyard saved the island's traditional grape varieties.

His initial treatment of applying a solution of resin and turpentine in hot water to the principal roots of the vine proved to be a successful though expensive form of preventing the disease. He later donated his outstanding research to Cambridge University in Britain. 

His son, John Leacock, joined the Comissão Anti-Filoxérica where upon it was decided to establish a treatment post and a nursery of American vines at his Saint John vineyard. It had now become widely known that grafting the local vines onto the phylloxera resistant American rootstocks proved to be the only efficient method of preventing the disease.

In 1925, the wine industry was going through tough times and so both Leacock's and Blandy's amalgamated their interests and joined the Madeira Wine Association (now the Madeira Wine Company). Leacock's today is one of the main brands in the company and whose main markets include the United States of America, the Scandinavian countries, and the United Kingdom.
  • Leacocks 5 years Special Dry Madeira Wine from Portugal
    Item no.: 22227865479-1106-197279862
    Leacocks, 5 years Special Dry Madeira from Portugal is a wonderful dry wine that offers lots of crisp notes, light fruit and nuts Madeira House: Leacock's Age: 5 years Type: Madeira Wine - Full Rich Grape: Tinta Negra Alc. strength: 19 % 75 cl.
    • 1pcs.
      22,75EUR
  • Leacocks Rainwater Medium Dry Madeira Wine Portugal 75 cl 18% 18
    Item no.: 22227865464-19912
    Leacocks Rainwater Medium Dry Madeira Wine Portugal Leacocks Rainwater is made from the Tinta Negra grape, and this wine is labeled Medium Dry, which means it contains approximately 70 grams of sugar per liter of Madeira wine. It is aged after 3 months of heating for 3 years in American oak barrels. Try this Leacock's Rainwater Madeira with a light sweet dessert. Madeira House: Leacock's Name: Rainwater Age: 3 years Grape: Tinta Negra Type: Madeira Wine - Medium Dry Alc. strength: 18% 75 cl.
    • 1pcs.
      17,00EUR
  • Leacocks Saint John Full Rich Madeira Wine Portugal 75 cl 19%
    Item no.: 22227865464-19913
    Leacocks Saint John Full Rich Madeira Wine Portugal Leacocks Saint John Full Rich is a Madeira wine made from the Tinta Negra grape. It is designated as a Full Rich Madeira wine, which means that it has a sugar content at the high end of the residual sugar scale. In this case, there are approximately 120 g. Per liter of Madeira wine. The wine is heated in steel tanks over 3 months and then allowed to age for 3 years in American oak barrels. Try Leacock's Saint John Full Rich Madeira Wine with sweet desserts such as chocolate mousse. Madeira House: Leacock's Name: Rainwater Age: 3 years Grape: Tinta Negra Type: Madeira Wine - Full Rich Alc. strength: 19 % 75 cl.
    • 1pcs.
      17,00EUR