Graham’s Port – Late Bottled Vintage 2011
Thursday, December 15th, 2016
Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV) – £9.99
A superb wine, selected from the finest production of what was a spectacular year. Whereas Vintage Port spends two years in casks and then matures in bottle, LBV is matured in seasoned oak and then bottled at between four and six years of age; hence the term, ‘late bottled’. Its ageing process encourages the wine’s development, and as such, at the time of bottling it is ready to drink without the need for decanting.
Graham’s 2011 LBV is both a reflection of a great year in the Douro and of the people who contributed to the making of the wine in the vineyard, winery, and tasting room, as well as the Graham’s Lodge where it ages since shortly after the harvest. Charles Symington, Graham’s head winemaker, and Henry Shotton, Quinta dos Malvedos’ resident winemaker, personally selected each lot of Graham’s 2011 LBV for bottling.
Graham’s 2011 LBV has a deep opaque ruby colour. On the nose it is brimming with layers of dark fruits combined with floral hints of fresh mint. On the palate it is full-bodied with flavours of cassis and demonstrates Graham’s unique complexity, balance of power and finesse, and long and firm finish.
Graham’s LBV is a leader in its category, winning 1 Trophy and 6 Gold medals in the last two decades at the most prestigious competitions. It is highly prized by Port enthusiasts in Britain, traditionally one of Port’s most discerning and competitive markets.