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1986 Vintage Port

January 8, 2012
Question by: Nicholas, Salisbury, GB

Q:

I have a Quinta do Panascal 1986 vintage port bottled in 1988. How long can I keep this and does it have any value?

A:

Hi Nicholas, The 1986 viticultural season was a bit of a challenge as you can read in our 1986 Vintage Report.  No classic Vintage Ports were declared, and only a few quinta wines bottled - overall the year is considered to be one for early consumption rather than long ageing, so you may want to make plans to enjoy that bottle some time soon.  Symington Family Estates is not active in the secondary market for wines, so we cannot advise on valuations, least of all on a wine we did not make ourselves.  You might want to seek guidance from a top specialist retailer.  In the UK, Berry Brothers & Rudd have the BBX service which is a marketplace for privately owned wines held in bonded storage - their listings may give you some guidance.  Bear in mind, anyone buying or broking the wine will want evidence that it has been well cellared - look at our page about Buying Vintage Port (under the Enjoying Port menu item) for a bit more about the secondary market for Vintage Ports.



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