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Value of Vintage Ports

May 2, 2012
Question by: Jo, Littlehampton, GB

Q:

What is the value of Real Cavelha Vintage Port 1985, and Grahams Late Bottled Vintage Port 1994, and where is it possible to sell?

A:

Hi Jo, Graham's Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) is a style of port which is aged longer in wood than Vintage - 5 years on average rather than just 18 months - and so it is well matured and ready to be enjoyed any time after bottling.  It is not a style which is intended for long ageing, however if it has been well cellared in consistently cool, dark conditions this bottle should still be very enjoyable - 1994 was a wonderful year.  We would recommend that you enjoy this Port some time soon.

Symington Family Estates are not active in the secondary market for Port wines, and we would suggest you seek specific guidance from a top specialist wine merchant.  Be aware, however, that as a general rule only Vintage ports from top producers are likely to be of interest for re-sale, and you will have to satisfy the broker or purchaser of the provenance and storage conditions of the wine since purchase.  Generally, other styles of Port, such as LBV, Ruby, or indication of age Tawnies are not sought in the secondary market.  We are not familiar with the name Real Cavelha, and wonder if you mean Real Companhia Velha?  As this is not a Symington brand we cannot advise you further, but suggest you consult your wine merchant for further advice.



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