1963 Port Vintage Report

1963 vintage ports are the benchmark against which others are compared: the Vintage is considered to be legendary. The perfect 57 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!

40 products found.

Offley Port, 1963

Boa Vista Vintage Port
Bottled by Hedges and Butler

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: $254.39 USD
Stock: 7 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: $6,963.76 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Quinta do Noval Nacional, 1963

Noval Nacional (Mid-upper Shoulder)

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: $4,114.30 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Quinta do Noval Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Plain label | Very Top Shoulder | Embossed Capsule

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: $268.60 USD
Stock: 2 in Stock

Quinta do Noval Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Very Damaged label | Very Top Shoulder | Embossed Capsule

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: $225.97 USD
Stock: 1 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: $268.60 USD
Stock: 8 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: $241.53 USD
Stock: 1 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: $2,124.66 USD
Stock: 5 in Stock

Taylor's Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Plain labels - Embossed capsules - Levels top shoulder or better

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: $348.19 USD
Stock: 13 in Stock

Taylor's Port, 1963

Vintage Port

From a spectacular harvest, this 1963 vintage Port wine from Taylor's shows a pale garnet colour with red brilliant highlights. At first the spirit is rather overpowering. Then dark chocolate starts appearing, followed by herbal, rock rose , licorice, cigar box, leathery quality really comes through in the mouth and a slightly medicinal character. The finish is long and lingering.

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: $376.61 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Taylor's Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Hedges and Bultler Label | Level very Top Shoulder

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: $348.19 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Warre's Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Very Top Shoulder | Labelled

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

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”.
Michael Broadbent , Vintage Wine, Published 2002
01/01/2002

"Extremely impressive, with beautifully balanced, harmonious sweet fruit on the palate. Medium ruby-red, ripe cherry and cassis aromas, medium-bodied, with rich, velvety fruit flavors, full, soft tannins and a powerful finish".
James Suckling , Wine Spectator
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Price: $353.87 USD
Stock: 12 in Stock

Warre's Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Good level | plain label

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

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”.
Michael Broadbent , Vintage Wine, Published 2002
01/01/2002

"Extremely impressive, with beautifully balanced, harmonious sweet fruit on the palate.
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Price: $277.13 USD
Stock: 4 in Stock

Krohn Port, 1963

Colheita (Single Harvest) Port - Including wooden gift box

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: $277.13 USD
Stock: Out of Stock

Warre's Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Good level | plain label

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

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”.
Michael Broadbent , Vintage Wine, Published 2002
01/01/2002

"Extremely impressive, with beautifully balanced, harmonious sweet fruit on the palate.
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Price: $268.60 USD
Stock: Out of Stock