1963 Port Vintage Report

1963 vintage ports are the benchmark against which others are compared: the Vintage is considered to be legendary. The perfect 56 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary, anyone born in 1963 has a wine for life. Cockburn, Croft, Dow, Fonseca, Graham, Quinta do Noval Nacional, Taylor and Warre all stand out amongst a uniformly excellent field of producers. The combination of a near-perfect growing season and temperate weather during the harvest made for this incredible vintage - nearly all the shippers produced supremely balanced and well-structured wines for a full-on declaration. Ports from this year never fail to impress with their essential three components of fruit, tannin and elegance. Aging supremely and retaining their youth, these ports often appear to be younger than they actually are!

26 products found.

Burmester Port, 1963

Vintage Port

This Burmester vintage port from the outstanding 1963 vintage is now at its peak. As well as still having admirable sweetness and concentration, it has a wildness and richness about it. A tremendous finish that goes on for ever reveals its superb quality.
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Price: £295.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Cockburn Port, 1963

Vintage Port

"Perfectly integrated and showing cherry, raspberry, baker's spices and hints of fig on the nose and palate. With air the fruit became more plummy in character and picked up more complex dried fruit notes. It's sweet, but not Graham's or Fonseca sweet and there's actually some nice acidity to the wine that keeps it fresh. Seamless with the alcohol sewn into the fabric of the wine nicely." Cellar Tracker 2012

'Bright ruby red. Full rich red chocolate spicy aroma. Ripe rich round slightly hot fruit on the palate'. Cellar Tracker tasted 2005.
Rating 94/100 (CT)



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Price: £169.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

Croft Port, 1963

Vintage Port

91 points Wine Spectator:

"Has great elegance and harmony, and should continue to improve for many years. Medium ruby-red, with very fresh plum aromas, medium-bodied, with very delicate fresh fruit flavours, lively acidity and a delicate finish." (01/89)
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Price: £189.00
Stock: 14 in Stock

Delaforce Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Unlabelled - embossed capsules)

From the legendary 1963 vintage the Delaforce 1963 is a light ruby red colour to a brown rim. Aromas of cherries and nuts. Medium bodied with cinnamon, spice, and earth. Moderate finish.
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Price: £159.00
Stock: 7 in Stock

Delaforce Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Labelled)

From the legendary 1963 vintage the Delaforce 1963 is a light ruby red colour to a brown rim. Aromas of cherries and nuts. Medium bodied with cinnamon, spice, and earth. Moderate finish.
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Price: £169.00
Stock: 11 in Stock

Feuerheerd, 1963

Vintage Port (unlabelled)

The 1963 Feuerheerd is clean, well-focused fruit flavours and a fresh, balanced finish. Medium red with a ruby hue, fresh black cherry aromas, medium-bodied, with very clean cherry flavours and a long, balanced finish.
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Price: £189.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Unlabelled - embossed capsule)

*** 96 Points Robert Parker **

Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. It excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavors. With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage ports.

"The 1963, one of the great modern-day classics of vintage port, is an incredibly aromatic, sublime, majestic port that simply defines Fonseca's style perfectly." Robert Parker 1989.
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Price: £295.00
Stock: 8 in Stock

Gould Campbell Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Peatling and Cawdron Bottling)


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Price: £225.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Krohn Port, 1963

Colheita (Single Harvest) Port

The 1963 Krohn tawny port is beautifully mature and still at its peak with a little tannin. Full bodied with toffee notes. Nicely sweet with an elegance and harmony. Long finish 93/100 (TC - VWP) tasted October 2016.


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Price: £195.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Messias Port, 1963

Colheita Single Harvest Tawny Port

*** 94 Points - Robert Parker ***

***96 Points-The Wine Enthusiast***

Reviews
"The 1963 Colheita Port is an old vines field blend bottled in 2014 with a long cork. Fresh, rich and bright on the finish, this has a whiff of brandy, but it is surprisingly clean and youthful for its age. It lingers nicely, finally showing all of those old Tawny flavours. It's sweet caramel nuances are especially delectable on the juicy finish, but they weren't so defined and nuanced early on. I wasn't as thrilled on the first tastes, but by the fourth day, its beautiful acidity took over and made it multidimensional.
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Price: £199.00
Stock: 7 in Stock

Offley Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port MAGNUM

From the outstanding 1963 vintage. This port is a beautiful pale red with distinct bricking. Tropical fruits on the nose, with fresh mint clearly showing. Sweet brown sugar impact; hot mid-palate and a sweet late palate full of stewed plums. Big levels of acidity. Very hot aftertaste. Gentle finish of dry espresso, very long and with plums.

Reviews "Bright and vibrant appearance. Superb dried fruit and nut nose - christmas cakey, with really good concentrated spicy black fruit streak with tar. Good fruit on attack - concentrated and remarkably fresh. Very smooth and rich. Very classy indeed.
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Price: £549.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Offley Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port

From the outstanding 1963 vintage. This port is a beautiful pale red with distinct bricking. Tropical fruits on the nose, with fresh mint clearly showing. Sweet brown sugar impact; hot mid-palate and a sweet late palate full of stewed plums. Big levels of acidity. Very hot aftertaste. Gentle finish of dry espresso, very long and with plums.

Reviews "Bright and vibrant appearance. Superb dried fruit and nut nose - christmas cakey, with really good concentrated spicy black fruit streak with tar. Good fruit on attack - concentrated and remarkably fresh. Very smooth and rich. Very classy indeed.
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Price: £169.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Quinta do Noval Nacional, 1963

Noval Nacional (in neck)

Noval is particularly famous for its Nacional, a Port produced in some years only from a 2 hectare parcel at the heart of the Noval vineyard where ungrafted pre phylloxera vines survive.

"Last July I enjoyed this "legend" at Noval and consumed my share of an entire bottle that was opened for our small group of Port journalists. This VP had a very dark ruby color and was clearly from a perfectly stored bottle. The 1963 is as lithe and graceful as a trapeze artist, and showed what perfection in balance is all about. It is not easy for Port to get much better than this. Sweet, spicy, grapey, mint, big, bold, brash are all apt descriptors.
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Price: £4900.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Quinta do Noval Port, 1963

Vintage Port

Medium dark red towards garnet, with plum, ripe berry, chocolate and tar aromas and flavors, this medium-bodied Port is now showing very nicely in its maturity. Moderate and very soft tannins, with sweet tobacco and cherry flavors on the finish.

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Price: £189.00
Stock: 10 in Stock

Rebello Valente Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port (bottled by Berry Brothers)

Mid coloured red centre with an orange colour rim. Spring flowers on the nose (elderflower?). Medium mid-palate with butterscotch and caramel. Some tingle in the aftertaste that delivers more than you would expect.
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Price: £189.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Royal Oporto, 1963

Colheita Single Harvest Tawny Port
Presented in an Oak case

Tasted at the Port Forum

Review "Mid-orange colour, slightly cloudy. Little on the nose, perhaps a touch of VA. Sweet entry, with a lovely balancing acidity. Lots of smokey orange and a slight dry edge - even some tannin! A wine that becomes mouthfilling and develops nicely on the palate. Big finish; dry, fruity and full of marmalade. A lovely wine. 88/100. AHB" The Port Forum.
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Price: £145.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

Royal Oporto, 1963

Vintage Port

The colour of barley sugar. A faint smell of caramel on the nose. Quite thick and sweet in the mouth. Lots of barley sugar, brown sugar and burnt toffee over the top of bitter orange. Very pleasant.
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Price: £169.95
Stock: 4 in Stock

Sandeman Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port

** 96/100 - Wine Spectator **

One of the great vintages of the century, and one of the best wines ever released by Sandeman. Classic aromas of figs and prunes, powerful, rich and sweet, with tremendous length.

Reviews:
"This may be one of the most underrated '63s made. Its deep red color gives little indication of the wine's age, and there is an abundance of youthful, rich fruit on the nose and palate. Full tannins and an assertive finish back up everything." 96/100 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator


The 1963 Sandeman has less of a deep-ruby/purple colour, but it does offer a spice-box, fruitcake sort of aroma, mildly sweet, medium- to full-bodied flavours, and a ripe, tasty finish.
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Price: £189.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Taylor's Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Please note these are unlabelled bottles)

Ruby highlights surviving in the colour. Deep, intense, Burgundian richness. At first the spirit is rather overpowering. Then dark chocolate starts appearing, followed by herbal, gum cistus, licorice, cigar box, leathery quality really comes through in the mouth and a slightly medicinal character. Medium length.

This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades.
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Price: £225.00
Stock: 22 in Stock

Taylor's Port, 1963

Vintage Port MAGNUMS

Ruby highlights surviving in the colour. Deep, intense, Burgundian richness. At first the spirit is rather overpowering. Then dark chocolate starts appearing, followed by herbal, gum cistus, licorice, cigar box, leathery quality really comes through in the mouth and a slightly medicinal character. Medium length.

This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades.
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Price: £1495.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Warre's Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port

Outstanding Vintage Port from one of the best vintages of the last century.

This bottle is part of a 300+ bottle 1963 port collection that was laid down as birth present. It remained perfectly stored in the original family cellars until purchase by VWP. The bottles have branded capsules and were stored unlabelled. We have added a new facsimile label for presentation purposes - if preferred, these can be supplied unlabelled.

Reviews:
“…for me this is now one of the best and most elegant of all the ‘63s. I have made a total of sixteen notes since the early 1980s when it emerged, fully fledged and totally delicious”.
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Price: £199.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1963

Sale

Vintage Port
Special Offer | Was £225 | Now £149
Maximum of 2 Bottles per customer

A superb port from a top vintage which has certainly continued to improve over the last fifty-six years. It is close to its optimum with an excellent structure, complex taste and aroma. Very smooth, slightly sweet and sublimely easy to drink featuring attractive, mellow fruitcake flavours and lightness on the palate.
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Price: £149.00
Stock: Out of Stock

Ferreira, 1963

Vintage Port

Please note this product will not fit in the single deluxe gift box.

From the outstanding 1963 vintage, this wonderful port is fruity, sweet and crisp with a lovely dry finish.

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Price: £149.00
Stock: Out of Stock

Grahams Port, 1963

Vintage Port

"What a stunning 1963 vintage port this is! The bouquet draws you in, does not drag you in with its alcohol and reveals a fresh, well defined nose with a nutty edge, hints of cigar box and allspice. The palate is beautifully balanced, understated on the entry but building all the time, flashes of eucalyptus leading towards a more extrovert, clove tinged finish that hangs around the palate. Gorgeous Grahams! Tasted May 2009." Neil Martin, Wine Journal
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Price: £269.00
Stock: Out of Stock

Grahams Port, 1963

Single Harvest Tawny Port

This exceptional old Tawny Port brings together the finest crafts of Graham’s long winemaking tradition. It was made in one of the most celebrated years of the 20th century for Port – 1963. In this vintage, Graham’s produced both outstanding Vintage Port (aged in bottle) and Tawny Port (aged in oak casks). This 1963 Single Harvest Old Tawny Port has been aged in seasoned oak casks (barrels) for just over half a century and
epitomizes Graham’s hallmark complexity, elegance and balance. The wine was made from grapes grown at Graham’s flagship Douro Valley vineyard in northern Portugal: Quinta dos Malvedos.
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Price: £375.00
Stock: Out of Stock