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Graham's 1983 Vintage Port

February 17, 2012
Question by: Wendy, Meerhout, Belgium

Q:

When is the best time to drink this Graham's 1983 Vintage Port or can it stay even more years in the bottle. How much is it worth?

A:

Hi Wendy, The 1983 wines are wonderful, powerful wines with all the characteristics needed to age very well for a very long time.  Whilst this wine is drinking well now, it certainly has the quality and structure to age longer, if well cellared.  Read more about the 1983 wines generally and harvest conditions in the 1983 Vintage Report,

Vintage Port changes character as it ages in bottle - when to drink it is a matter of personal preference for one flavour profile or another.  You may want to read our article about the Lifecyle of Vintage Port to learn more about the flavour trajectory as the wine ages.  Recent tasting notes indicate the Graham's 1983 is still drinking young for its age, with lots of fruit character still to the fore.  Remember that the life and quality of Vintage Port is dependent on good storage conditions:  the bottle should be kept in a cool, dark place and lying on its side.

Symington Family Estates are not active in the secondary market for wines, so cannot advise you on the value of your bottle.   Your best bet for good advice is to contact a specialist wine merchant that will know the market in your area, or one of the major auction houses that routinely handle vintage wines.  Bonham's, Christie's and Sotheby's all have offices in Belgium.

Be aware, any one who might broker or purchase your wines will want more information about when and where the bottles were acquired and most importantly, how they have been cellared since acquisition. To learn a bit more about this, you may want to consult two other articles on The Vintage Port Site: one about Storing Vintage Port, and the other about Purchasing Vintage Port which gives the buyer's perspective on the risks of buying wine in the secondary market or at auction.



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