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Crusted versus Vintage Ports

May 23, 2012
Question by: Stuart, Birmingham, UK


What is the difference between Port and Crusted Port and how long can I keep Crusted Port?


Hi Stuart, A Vintage Port - either declared Vintage or Quinta Vintage - is blended from component wines from a single harvest, and is a Port which we know has the structure and quality to mature well in bottle for years, decades, even lifetimes. 

Crusted Port is a blend of ports from two or three harvests which has been bottled without any fining or filtration in the year shown on the label. We then age it a further three years in bottle in our own cellars before offering the wine for sale. The wine will be ready to drink at the time of purchase, but will age gracefully for several years in bottle, developing its bouquet and flavours over that time. We would recommend consumption up to ten years after the bottling date on the label. Bear in mind Crusted Port should be properly stored and decanted like a Vintage port.

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