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Warre's Late Bottled Vintage 1981

March 15, 2013
Question by: Robert, Ottowa, Canada

Q:

I purchased a case of Warre’s LBV 1981 to mark the birth year of my son.  Could you kindly refer me to any information on that bottling – and your appreciation of its life expectancy.  My son stands up a bottle on special occasions and he has more than 3/4 of the case left.

A:

Hi Robert,  Warre's produced a Bottle Aged LBV from the 1981 Vintage, which we age 4 years in large wooden casks after harvest and then bottle without fining or filtration (like a true Vintage Port) and further age in bottle 8 to 10 years in our own cellars before release to market. 

This type of Bottle Aged LBV Port is ready to enjoy at the time of release, and whilst not intended for long-term ageing like a true Vintage Port, can certainly age 15 to 20 years if properly cellared in consistently cool, dark conditions.  Your wine is now 32 years old and fully mature, and should be enjoyed over the next few years.



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