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Graham's 1977 Vintage Port

April 13, 2012
Question by: Emily, Kent, England

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I was given some port for my christening and am now looking into selling it. It is a crate of 12 bottles of Grahams Vintage Port 1977. How much is this worth?

A:

Hi Emily, 1977 was an excellent year, generally producing concentrated, long-lasting and complex wines, and the Graham's is a particularly fine example.  We really hope you will consider keeping this case, as it is a treasure which you will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

Symington Family Estates are not active in the secondary market for Port, so we cannot advise you on the value of this case, though Graham's Vintage Ports are generally well regarded and sought after in the secondary market.  As a case purchase at the time of your christening, we imagine the wine has been held in bond, but however it has been stored, be aware that any potential broker or buyer will want evidence that it has been stored carefully and is therefore still likely to be enjoyable.  You might look at our article about Purchasing Vintage Port to understand the buyer's perspective on this.

We would suggest you consult a wine merchant that is active in the secondary market, such as Berry Bros & Rudd in the UK, whose BBX on line market may be of interest to you, and give you some indications of value for Ports of this age.  Alternatively, consult any of the auction houses that regularly handle premium wines, such as Bonham's, Christie's or Sotheby's.  



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