Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV) is a superb wine, selected from the finest production of a very good year. Unlike a Declared Vintage Port (which is bottled in the second year after harvest) LBV is matured for between 4 and 7 years in seasoned oak barrels and vats prior to bottling; hence the term, ‘Late Bottled’. This ageing process encourages the wine’s development; it becomes more complex and is ready to drink sooner than Vintage Port, while still possessing some of the latter’s characteristic smoothness and softened tannins. Graham’s LBV Port is made exclusively with the highest quality grapes from the company’s own vineyards.
Graham’s LBV has attractive liquorice and floral aromas, and fresh blackberry flavours. It also, like the Six Grapes, has hints of the native Gum Cistus plant, which grows around the vineyards in the Douro, imparting very subtle aromas of mint to the wine. Its rich concentration of ripe fruit is balanced by the added complexity of spices, all held together by superb structure and balance.