Bottles of Graham’s legendary 1945 Vintage Port illustrate the cover of Christie’s Catalogue of the ‘Fine Wine and Rare Vintage Port’ auction that the famous auction house is holding in Amsterdam over two days (November 6th and 7th). We are proud that out of the many hundreds of lots up for auction (including some of the world’s most famous names), it is one of Graham’s most emblematic Vintages of the twentieth century that was chosen to adorn the cover.
A selection of Graham’s Vintage Ports will be auctioned during the afternoon session of Wednesday the 7th. Bidding for the lot of 6 bottles of Graham’s 1945 (“in original wooden case”) will start at between €3,300 and €4,500. Michael Broadbent MW, who built a distinguished career over many years as Christie’s Senior Director of the auctioneer’s Wine Department in London (a post he held for several decades), maintained that Graham’s was — “Oustandingly the loveliest ’45…the sweetest of eleven ’45s tasted in Florida in 1989, and easily the best at The World’s Greatest Ports tasting; a sweet-smelling, fragrant yet powerful wine, still tannic, profound.”
Also of interest to prospective bidders will no doubt be the other lots of Graham’s Vintage Ports on offer, in particular the splendid Graham’s 1970, widely regarded as the benchmark wine produced in that year (interestingly the year in which Graham’s was acquired by the Symington family; the 1970 was the first Graham’s Vintage Port they made). Robert Parker, one of the world’s leading wine critics wrote on Graham’s 1970: “…Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great Vintage Port in the post-World War II era. Their Vintage Ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. The 1970 is a monumental Vintage Port and one of the greats of the vintage. It begs to be drunk now, although it will last for at least another two decades.” (Robert parker Buying Guide, 1989).
Besides being offered for auction in 75cl bottles, the famed Graham’s 1970 will also be available in very rare ‘Tappit Hen’ bottles (a Tappit Hen is a rare, no longer produced bottle size — equivalent to three standard bottles). Watch this space to learn the outcome of this auction…