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Gift Box of Port Miniatures

September 19, 2012
Question by: Derek, London

Q:

I have a small tin gift box by St Michael (Marks & Spencer) with four miniature bottles of port (1 x vintage character, 1 x tawny 10 years old, 1x white & 1x late bottled vintage) given to me 25 years ago.  it has never been opened.  Is it any good or worth anything?

A:

Hi Derek, Generally, only certifiably well-cellared bottles or cases of Vintage Ports from top makers have value in the re-sale market.  This type of gift set is meant for a novelty and early drinking.  It would be worth opening and tasting just for curiousity, but unless it has been stored in ideal cellar conditions, chances are the wines will not be showing well - none of these styles are meant for ageing, Tawny, White, LBV and Vintage Character (a phrase often used for reserve rubies) are all bottled ready for drinking.



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