Port 1981 Graham W. & J.
Late Bottled Vintage, Oporto
Provenance: VAR, 12/11/1998
Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port is blended from the highest quality wines of a single year. Whilst the wine has many of the characteristics of Vintage Port, it has been matured for several years in cask instead of in bottle. It is bottled in Portugal and shipped ready for immediate drinking and does not require decanting.
The early 1800s was a watershed era for the vintners of Portugal’s Douro Valley, On one hand, the grape harvest of 1820, after fermenting and aging for four years, presented connoisseurs with a wine of remarkable sweetness, with “plenty of crust and plenty of color…and a well-stained cork,” according to T.G. Shaw, who recorded his views in Wine, the Vine, and the Cellar (1863), The remarkable vintage established Portuguese wine as a favorite among the British.