2001 Graham LBV

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2001 Graham LBV

Post by JacobH » 22:09 Mon 30 Jun 2008

This LBV is filtered and packaged with a T-Cork. The colour is a deep purple, which remains translucence through to the centre.

The first couple of glasses, last night, were not terribly impressive. Indeed, I was wondering why Axel and Alex were so keen on this and the 2000. However, at 24 hours, it seems to have picked up a lot, especially as the overpowering spirit has blown off.

The nose is faint but with a little raspberry and perhaps some other Summer fruits. In the mouth, it is pretty smooth, with some blackberries and dark chocolate. It’s quite tannic. The sugar is understated and not particularly interesting but that’s not a big problem.

I picked this up as an emergency purchase at Sainsbury’s yesterday. It was pretty cheap: I think about £8 or £9. Certainly it is worth picking up at that price though I can’t help thinking this would be much improved if they hadn’t filtered it.

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Re: 2001 Graham LBV

Post by DRT » 22:19 Mon 30 Jun 2008

JacobH wrote:I can’t help thinking this would be much improved if they hadn’t filtered it.
I can't help thinking when the day will come fairly soon when Graham's and Taylor, probably the largest LBV producers for the UK market, will produce an unfiltered version.
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Post by JacobH » 22:38 Mon 30 Jun 2008

DRT wrote:I can't help thinking when the day will come fairly soon when Graham's and Taylor, probably the largest LBV producers for the UK market, will produce an unfiltered version.
It would be good if they did, although I can’t see it happening with Taylor’s. So much of their marketing (particularly that letter from Alistair Robertson, where he announced the LBV’s “invention†) defines LBV as an unfiltered wine. It would be a huge u-turn for them, though perhaps one of the other TFP shippers might change first.

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Post by DRT » 22:46 Mon 30 Jun 2008

JacobH wrote:
DRT wrote:I can't help thinking when the day will come fairly soon when Graham's and Taylor, probably the largest LBV producers for the UK market, will produce an unfiltered version.
It would be good if they did, although I can’t see it happening with Taylor’s. So much of their marketing (particularly that letter from Alistair Robertson, where he announced the LBV’s “invention†) defines LBV as an unfiltered wine. It would be a huge u-turn for them, though perhaps one of the other TFP shippers might change first.
Hmmm? Perhaps thy will wait until after they release their first Colheita? :wink:
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Post by JacobH » 23:00 Mon 30 Jun 2008

DRT wrote:Hmmm? Perhaps thy will wait until after they release their first Colheita? :wink:
I seem to have read somewhere that they have a pipe of 1934. Perhaps that will be released in 2034 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chip-Dry White!

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Post by DRT » 23:03 Mon 30 Jun 2008

JacobH wrote:
DRT wrote:Hmmm? Perhaps thy will wait until after they release their first Colheita? :wink:
I seem to have read somewhere that they have a pipe of 1934. Perhaps that will be released in 2034 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chip-Dry White!
That is indeed an event worth celebrating. It must have been the same year that Airport Duty Free shops were invented :wink:
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Post by Andy Velebil » 03:32 Tue 01 Jul 2008

Its interesting that Graham's Six Grapes actually gets the better grapes than their LBV....and Six Grapes is actually right below their VP's in the pecking order for the top grapes. I do wish they would make an unfiltered LBV as even their filtered one is normally quite good and I know an unfiltered one would be even better.

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Post by AHB » 20:26 Tue 01 Jul 2008

The closest that I am aware of that Grahams gets to making an unfiltered LBV is their Crusted Port.

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Post by uncle tom » 21:48 Tue 01 Jul 2008

Perhaps that will be released in 2034 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chip-Dry White!
In itself, an eminently missable event - why they foist that evil brew on unsuspecting tourists in their lodge is beyond me.. :x

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Post by JacobH » 22:18 Tue 01 Jul 2008

ADV wrote:Its interesting that Graham's Six Grapes actually gets the better grapes than their LBV....and Six Grapes is actually right below their VP's in the pecking order for the top grapes. I do wish they would make an unfiltered LBV as even their filtered one is normally quite good and I know an unfiltered one would be even better.
Their Six Grapes is pretty expensive for a Ruby, so they are squarely aiming it at the premium market. Indeed, I think it even costs more than the LBV, which would explain it getting better grape priority.

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