To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, W & J Graham & Co are pleased to offer in the UK, exclusively through Berry Bros. & Rudd, this special limited bottling of Graham’s 1952 Finest Old Tawny Port. The wine is available from Berry Bros. & Rudd from the 3rd of May, 2012. A small quantity has also been allocated for sale in Portugal.
The Symington family, owners of the long established house of Graham’s, frequently taste the wines in the lodge to assess their progress. During one such visit in November 2011, the family decided to take some samples from the six remaining casks of the 1952 Port. Over many years, this remarkable old tawny had been developing magnificently, as though quietly bearing witness to Her Majesty’s inspirational and enduring reign. The family, together with their long-time customer and friends, Berry Bros. & Rudd, agreed that this exceptional Port could, and indeed should be offered as a commemorative wine to honour the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee Year.
This memorable Port is available in individually numbered bottles and may be purchased by the bottle (placed inside an evocative individual box) or in sets of three bottles, placed in a hand crafted oak presentation box. Additionally, a small number of 4.5 litre Jeroboams have also been bottled. These will be available in the UK and Portugal. The first to be offering the Port, for sampling by the glass, is London’s Goring Hotel, which has close connections with royalty.
Simon Field MW, Berrys’ Port Buyer, was so impressed with this Port, that he was inspired to write the following tasting note:
“Striking mahogany, with hints of amber at its rim, the wine has an extraordinary aromatic intensity, redolent of old libraries, autumnal bonfires and distant poetry. The palate is profound and majestic, astonishingly intense and powerful, regal in its complexity, a timeless elixir. Notes of molasses, dried apricot, figs and clove, dance across the palate, elegant and symphonic in their structure, dignified and profound. Orange zest freshness and finely wrought tannins underwrite structural harmony with the long finish indulging a gentle nostalgia and a real sense of worth.”