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Late Bottled Vintage Port

January 11, 2013
Question by: Ian, Nashville, USA

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I have 2 bottles Warre's 1969 Late Bottled Vintage, bottled in 1973, should i drink it or sell it? thanks.

A:

Hi Ian, Generally, Late Bottled Vintage Port is a style which is ready to enjoy when released for sale, and is not a wine that is meant to age in bottle.  That said, Warre's is one of the few producers of a Traditional or Bottle-Aged LBV, which, because it has not been filtered before bottling, can in fact mature in bottle for another 15 to 20 years after release.  Your 1969 would probably have been released around 1983 and would be fully mature, but if it has been stored in good cellar conditions, it could still be enjoyable and is worth opening and enjoying with friends and family.  Learn more about LBV in our Guide to Port Styles.

Only Vintage Ports from the top makers are sought in the secondary market, LBV generally has no re-sale value.  We hope you enjoy your Warre's 1969 LBV.



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