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Gould Campbell Crusted Port

February 1, 2012
Question by: Robin, Stratford-on-Avon, GB


My father died recently leaving behind two bottles of Gould Campbell Crusted Port bottled in 1980. The label shows they were imported by The I.W.B.C. Ltd in Worcestershire. Is this particular port considered collectible or of any value? As none of the remaining family drink we might be looking to sell it on to someone who may appreciate it.


Hi Robin, Crusted port is a style of Port which is blended from wines from several years (so, non-Vintage), but is bottled unfiltered.  Because of this, it will age in bottle to some degree if well cellared, but is not generally expected to have the longevity of a classic Vintage Port.  For this reason, Crusted Port is less sought after in the secondary market.  We would suggest you contact a top specialist wine merchant in your area for more specific advice. 

Bear in mind any potential buyer will want to know more about the provenance of the wine, so any records you have about when and where it was purchased, and most importantly, some record of how it has been stored, will be critical. To learn more about the secondary market in Port, which will give you an idea of what's involved, you may want to read the article on this site about Purchasing Vintage Port.  You may also want to consult our guidelines about Storing Your Port, to ensure you keep the wine in good condition whilst it is in your own posession.

Another alternative is a private sale to a keen port lover. There are of course risks in this kind of private sale, but if you wish to explore this alternative, 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. You can browse the forums as a non-member but will need to register - which is free on both sites - if you decide to post a thread about your Port.

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 the 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 bottles, including exact wording on label, describe the fill levels, 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 other members will be able to offer further advice. Good luck.

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