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Cockburn's 1998 LBV

December 19, 2011
Question by: Sandy

Q:

I have a bottle of Late Bottled Vintage Cockburn's port dated 1998. Vinho do Porto no. 315599 and signed by M P Reader, wine taster.  Do you have any idea if it is okay please?

A:

Hi Sandy, Late Bottled Vintage Port is a style which is meant for enjoyment at the time of purchase or shortly thereafter.  A 1998 LBV would have aged in casks for 4 to 6 years before bottling, and probably have been released for sale in the mid 2000's.  If it has been stored in cool, dark cellar conditions it may have held its quality - but you should not hold it any longer. 



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