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1996 Graham's LBV

January 30, 2012
Question by: Philip, Shipston on Stour, GB

Q:

Having recently refound a bottle of 1996 Grahams Late Bottled Vintage Port i was just enquiring as to whether it was a good year or not so I can decide as to keep it and let it mature or just crack it open and enjoy.  Many thanks.

A:

Hi Phil,  Late Bottled Vintage Port is a style which is meant to be enjoyed on release or within a few years.  Although it will retain its quality and character if stored in cool, dark cellar conditions, this is not a style of Port that is meant to age for an extended period of time in bottle. As Graham's LBVs have been lightly filtered before bottling you will not need to decant it. Definitely one to crack open and enjoy!

Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port possesses attractive liquorice and floral aromas and fresh, ripe blackberry fruit flavours. It epitomizes Graham’s house style very effectively: great rich fruit concentration with spicy complexity and depth, held together by superb structure and balance.  You may want to serve it along side strong cheeses like Cheddar or Stilton, or even a soft ripe goat's cheese.  Alternatively, this style of Port is fantastic with rich dark chocolate desserts.  Enjoy!



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