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  • Country ranking ?

    34
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030

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Really "roasted" nose. Cloves, roses and spices. So rich and voluptuous All-enveloping. Dark coffee, cassis. Raisins and Glorious Graham Glycerol – the three Gs! Another recent bottle had scented spices and very strong cloves on the nose. Extraordinary richness and voluptuousness. The alcohol is totally absorbed in the glycerol. Remarkable. So luscious and long-lasting. This wine just never fails.

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The Story

Graham's has a reputation as a producer of outstanding Vintage Port for well over a century. These wines are renowned for their remarkable richness, concentration and firm tannic structure: a combination which yields impressive longevity. Graham's Vintage Ports consistently attain the highest ratings in tastings and invariably attract very high bids at fine wine auctions.

Vintage Ports are only made in years of exceptionally high quality harvests, which on average occur two or three times in a decade. The weather in the vineyards is the principal determining factor: conditions must be ideal throughout the growing season, as well as during the subsequent harvest.

Graham's extraordinary quality is the result of the unique characteristics of the five vineyards that contribute to the Vintage Port.

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 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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Vintage 1963

Declared by all the major Port houses, 1963 was a monumental vintage against which many others are now judged. Power, dimension and real character are all hallmarks of this most memorable vintage. And even after more than 45 years the best wines never fail to impress with their essential three components of fruit, tannin and elegance. 1963s almost always appear to be younger than they really are.

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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

This is a monumental wine with a great balance of fruit and tannin. Medium ruby with a garnet edge, enticing nose of bitter chocolate and plums, full-bodied, with chocolate and raspberry flavors, medium tannins and a very long finish.

  • 97p

Simply sublime, 50 years old and still so vital and complete. Shown in conjunction with the 2011 Vintage Ports, many critics noted the same ‘schistous’ aromatic notes associated with the 2011s. There were also wonderful aromas of tea-leaf and mint, bergamot and cinnamon and a seductive palate, complex and very, very refined. An absolute delight.

An iconic vintage which symbolised the renaissance of vintage port following the aftermath of the Second World War. Just over 500 bottles are now left in the Graham’s lodge apparently.
Pale ruby. Haunting and again, so direct and transparent. Gorgeous, ethereal, light, heady and lifted. Jewel of a wine. Long and powerful, although over time in the glass it became a little spirity – as well it might at 55 years old.

  • 96p

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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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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