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Warre's Late Bottled Vintage 1981

May 17, 2013
Question by: John, Swansea, GB

Q:

I have 6 bottles of Warres 1981 L.B.V Port bottled in 1985. What is their value?

A:

Warre's produced a Bottle Matured LBV from the 1981 Vintage.  After harvest, we age this style of Port for 4 years in large wooden casks and then bottle without fining or filtration (exactly as we do a true Vintage Port).  We then cellar the bottles ourselves here in Gaia for 8 to 10 years before release to market. 

This type of Traditional or Bottle Matured 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.

We hope you will choose to enjoy this wonderful Late Bottled Vintage with family and friends.  The secondary market for Port is focussed on classic Vintage Ports and generally there is no demand for other styles of Port.  That said, it is possible you could sell these via a private sale to a keen port lover. There are two internet chat forums devoted to Port: The Port Forum, which is UK based, and For The Love of Port, which is based in the USA. Both have a thoroughly international following, however. Registration is free on both sites.

On The Port Forum, post your query in the Port Conversations chat room. If you take a look, there are a number of threads like this already posted, with members offering advice re how the wines are drinking, price levels, etc. Interest in buying is usually expressed via the private mail function on each site, rather than publicly in the thread.

On For The Love of Port, go to the chat thread Port & Madeira Marketplace to post your message – and do read the Marketplace Disclaimer notice.

Post a full description of the bottle, including exact wording on the label, describe the fill level of the bottle, the condition of the capsule and bottle generally (e.g. signs of leakage or staining)  and all the information you can about when and where the wine was acquired, and very importantly, how and where it has been stored. If you have photos, you can post them, or send an email to the moderator asking for assistance, and they will add the photo into the thread.

Both of these forums are very friendly and helpful places, and the members are very knowledgeable and will offer candid advice. Good luck.



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