Region 'Vintage Port' - Year 1963
|drink soon||A classic. No other vintage since has such an extensive roll of honour|
A textbook growing season: warm weather throughout the summer with no rain from June onwards. A little rain fell in mid-September helping to swell the grapes just before the harvest. Yields were high. Fine weather continued through the vintage which took place in perfect conditions with cool night time temperatures serving to control fermentations.
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The combination of a near-perfect growing season and temperate weather during the harvest (at a time when temperature control was unheard of) made for a benchmark vintage. With very few exceptions, nearly all the shippers produced supremely balanced well-structured wines for a full-on declaration. No vintage since can claim quite so many classic wines (with the only caveat being the variation between different bottlings). Anyone born in 1963 has a wine for life. Cockburn Croft Delaforce Dow Fonseca Graham Quinta do Noval Nacional Taylor Warre