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A good Vintage must have tasted everyone once in his or her life. It is a unique taste experience and a pleasure to drink. A good vintage port almost melts on your tongue, leaves a carefully composed bouquet and makes you crave more. Every sip is then a true enchantment.
A Vintage port is the crème de la crème, the king under the port. A Vintage post may only be called Vintage if they have obtained this quality stamp after the rigorous inspection of the Instituto dos Vinhos Doure e Porto. This guarantees the high quality of a Vintage port.
On average, Vintage ports are only made three times a decade, only in the best years. A so-called ‘Vintage declaration’ is only issued when a porthuis believes that in a single harvest it has enough grapes of a very high caliber. A Vintage port is usually a mix of grapes from different Quinta’s (vineyards) that one producer owns or purchases. Some grapes are also purchased from contracted Quinta’s.
After the first vinification (winemaking), the Vintage port is stored in used (and neutral) oak barrels for at least two years. According to Portuguese law, a Vintage port must be bottled between the second and third year after the harvest. It is bottled unfiltered, so that a fairly large amount of sediment will form in the course of time. A Vintage port must always be decanted before it is drunk.
Under the right conditions, a top Vintage port can easily be kept for more than 30 years.
The officially declared Vintage years are:
2016, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1997, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1985, 1983, 1980, 1977, 1975, 1970, 1966, 1963, 1960, 1958, 1955, 1950, 1948, 1947, 1945
There is also Vintage port from other volumes. The port houses apply for this separately for their best grapes.