Vale Meão is one of the great Douro estates, responsible for some fantastic wines since their first vintage in 1999. This is the latest release: the 2008, which is a good vintage in the Douro. It’s following on from the fantastic 2007, and so most Port producers will not declare it. But the early signs are that it is almost as good, and some 2008s will be better than the same wines in 2007. For table wines, it might mean a bit less hype and better availability for the top wines.