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1910 Colheita

March 14, 2012
Question by: Brian, London, GB

Q:

I have a bottle of Constantino's 1910 Colheita Port (bottled 1972) which has been well stored over the years and has a level into the neck, and it's original box.  i would like to know its selling value in today's market. Thank you.

A:

Hi Brian, Symington Family Estates are not active in the secondary market for Port wines, so we are unable to advise you on the value of your bottle. Your best bet for good advice is to contact a specialist wine merchant such as Berry Brothers & Rudd who run the BBX on-line wine exchange, or one of the major auction houses that routinely handle vintage wines, such as Bonham's, Christie's and Sotheby's.

Be aware, any one who might broker or purchase your wines will want more information about when and where the bottles were acquired and most importantly, how they have been cellared since acquisition. To learn a bit more about this, you may want to consult two other articles on The Vintage Port Site: one about Storing Vintage Port, and the other about Purchasing Vintage Port which gives the buyer's perspective on the risks of buying wine in the secondary market or at auction.

To learn more about that wine, you may want to take a look at the tasting notes on For The Love of Port (FTLOP) and The Port Forum.  These are chat rooms for dedicated amateurs of Port wine and would be worth consulting.  FTLOP is run by Roy Hersh, an American authority on Port and Madeira - whilst his own tasting notes are only available for viewing by paid subscribers, notes from members can be viewed without a subscription.



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