Vintage Port

Vintage Port is only made in good to exceptional vintages. In years where all the Port houses declare it is known as a general Declaration. These vintages are 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2011. There are some good vintages other years and often the Port houses release ‘Single Quinta’ (vineyard wines). These are often at half the price and offer good value.

Drinking Vintages
The rule of thumb is that they need 20 years maturation before drinking.
1963 – Exceptional vintage 10 out of 10. Expensive due to its cult status but superb
1966 – Very Good vintage 9.5 out of 10. Some wines are thinning a little but still very good
1970 – Very Good. 9 out of 10. Good structure. Starting to thin a little but no rush.
1977 – Very Good. 9 out of 10. At its peak now – No rush….Enjoy
1980, 1983 and 1985 – Good vintages with good volumes that have helped keep prices low and are
the best value if you are looking for decent Vintage port. 8 out of 10
1991 – Good to Very Good 8.5 out of 10 – Very small yield. Drinking but good for 10+ years
1994 – Exceptional Vintage 9.5+ out of 10. Just starting to drink no rush as will be good for 20 years

Cellar Vintages
1997 – Very Good. 9 out of 10. Full bodied and in our view slightly under rated. Drink from 2020
2000 – Very Good. 9.5 out of 10. Small yields with excellent concentration. Drink from 2022+
2003 – Good Vintage 8.5 out of 10. Mega hot year. Rich fruits and tannins. Drink from 2025
2007 – Very Good to Excellent. 9.5+ out of 10. Stunning vintage, close to 10 out of 10
2009 – Good Vintage 8.5 out 10. Split declaration, very hot summer resulting in low yields.
2011 – Excellent Vintage 10 out of 10. Considered to be on par with 1963.

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