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  • Country ranking ?

    37
  • Producer ranking ?

    3
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030

The Story

Graham's declares a Vintage Port only in exceptional years, perhaps three times in a decade, and in the intervening years may produce a Quinta Vintage Ports from Quinta dos Malvedos or Quinta do Tua. These Quinta Vintage Ports are aged in our cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for 10 years or more after harvest, before being released to the market, ready for enjoyment.

Graham’s Vintage Ports are outstanding for their consistent quality and long life.  James Suckling’s series of notes for old vintages tasted in 1990 confirm this – how many wines, after 40 or more years, are rated so highly and noted as “will improve with age” ? 

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Vintage 1963

Vintage Overview

1963 is a monumental Vintage of legendary proportions. One of the 20th Century's finest. Vintage Port against which all others are judged. Declared by all the major Port houses. Along with 1945 this Vintage is a classic.


Contemporary Family Comments


“The drought that had lasted since Whitsun broke on the morning of the 10th September with three hours steady rains. This was followed by several heavy thundery showers on the 11th, all of which has done a great deal of good. Now fine weather is required until the vintage”.
16th September 1963. Michael D Symington

Wine Specification
Alcohol by Volume: 20% v/v (20ºc)
Total Acidity: 3.90 g/l tartaric acid
Baumé: 3.2
 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Cherry Red and Bright

ending

Long, Flavorful and Lingering

flavors

Licorice, Coffee, Toasty, Floral and Chocolate

nose

Intense, Complex and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, High tannin, Concentrated, Complex, Developing, Full-bodied, Fruity and Sweet tannins

Verdict

Outstanding

Written Notes

Clear but not very intensive red color, broad nose with aromas of red berries, strawberry and arctic bramble. On palate strong but still gentle, elegant wine with loads of berries, chocolate and plum – very, very, very long and lovely aftertaste. This is my favorite port for Christmas, if I don’t have Quinta 63 Nacional. If you have opportunity to buy a bottle under 300 euros, don’t think a second. Beautiful women just love this wine… Points 96.

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Graham's Vintage 1963 / Power, dimension and real character are all hallmarkes of this most memorable Vintage. Even after 40 years the Graham's 1963 never fails to impress with it superbly balanced components of fruit, tannin and elegance. In 2004, this wine shows elegant rose petal aromas. The flavours are of concentrated caramelised fruit in perfect balance.

Information

Origin

Porto, Douro

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

2h

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 Juha Jormanainen, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  Vintage Port 1963  ( Graham's )

Clear but not very intensive red color, broad nose with aromas of red berries, strawberry and arctic bramble. On palate strong but still gentle, elegant wine with loads of berries, chocolate and plum – very, very, very long and lovely aftertaste. This is my favorite port for Christmas, if I don’t have Quinta 63 Nacional. If you have opportunity to buy a bottle under 300 euros, don’t think a second. Beautiful women just love this wine… Points 96.

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 P. Symington, Wine Producer (Portugal)  tasted  Vintage Port 1963  ( Graham's )

"Graham's Vintage 1963 / Power, dimension and real character are all hallmarkes of this most memorable Vintage. Even after 40 years the Graham's 1963 never fails to impress with it superbly balanced components of fruit, tannin and elegance. In 2004, this wine shows elegant rose petal aromas. The flavours are of concentrated caramelised fruit in perfect balance."

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