Churchill 1991 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Churchill 1991 Vintage Port. Apologies if the notes are brief (or non-existent); they are mainly recorded for my benefit with public distribution being a secondary priority!

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The Notes

Tasting 1

Notes: Deep colour. Perhaps a touch of lightness on the rim. Quite a lot of heat. Only a little fruit. Quite austere in mouth; very tannic. A bit like a Dow. Perhaps closed? (My first note read: “Not nearly as mature as the 1992 LBV. No other recollections.”). Opaque purple centre, fading to red translucent rim. Subtle fruit on the nose. In the mouth, some peppery round fruits and slight wateriness followed by a cherry liquor sensation. Some tannins present but subtle. Very attractive now. Another five years will probably bring this to quaffable levels, and another 15 or so to full maturity.

Tasted at: TCP House VP

Rated*: P

* A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.


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