1963 Constantino

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1963 Constantino

Post by jdaw1 » 11:11 Wed 09 Oct 2013

To celebrate the Quinquagenary of AHB, he arranged a horizontal of 1963s in Wokingham at The Cantley House Hotel (evenings of Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October 2013) and The Walter Arms (lunch on Saturday 12th), and two evening Champagne tastings for our better halves. Sadly the venue was not able to accommodate all he would have liked to have invited. Diaries had been blocked since early 2012, and bottles had been gathered for most of a decade before that. A splendid weekend indeed.

Partial links:
Review of the event as a whole, which starts with a full set of links;
Placemats (and parameters by which constructed).

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Re: 1963 Constantino

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Re: 1963 Constantino

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Re: 1963 Constantino

Post by jdaw1 » 23:07 Sun 13 Oct 2013

Some links:
Review which includes links to the Champagnes; Placemats and their Parameters;
• Fri evening 1963s: VS QH GC Ck G | Kh Mg Av F | RV Rs S Dl Cn;
• Sat aftern’n 1963s: Sb RVi RCV Ad RO | Dm BBR T Cr Ni | Mk Fd O Mz;
• Sat evening 1963s: MC W D N NN | A B&I Df PS Cv | GB CáF B Fr;
• Others: 1863 Burmester, 1977 Warre (tappitt hen), Martinez Crusted bottled 1973, 1966 Château Batailley (magnum).

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Re: 1963 Constantino

Post by jdaw1 » 10:56 Mon 14 Oct 2013

Cn63. Second darkest dark dark red, 50% opaque. taste of dark plums, lovely fruit. Great balance and texture. Middle weight.

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Re: 1963 Constantino

Post by DRT » 22:31 Mon 14 Oct 2013

Very balanced with smooth red fruit on the palate and very long. Excellent.

I voted this third best of the night.
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Re: 1963 Constantino

Post by uncle tom » 13:44 Mon 21 Oct 2013

Although slightly light and drying out, a very elegant wine.
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Re: 1963 Constantino

Post by Andy Velebil » 03:02 Wed 23 Oct 2013

1963 Constantino Vintage Port
A dark cola color with young berries on the nose. Young soft fruit dominate the palate, elegant yet profound at the same time. Fresh fruit and full bodied with a long seamless transition and finish. Just a lovely bottle and a real treat. This just rocked.
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Re: 1963 Constantino

Post by WS1 » 20:41 Mon 28 Oct 2013

blackish, dark red colour; deep fruit nose after black berries and elder berries; fruity black currant tart, a bit one dimensional; good length, full bodied; good complexity; really great port!
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Re: 1963 Constantino

Post by Axel P » 18:08 Tue 29 Oct 2013

Like all Constantinos, it did not fail to impress. Very youthful in colour and fruit. Very good. One to keep. 18
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Re: 1963 Constantino

Post by AHB » 09:45 Tue 05 Nov 2013

Deep red, rich in appearance; 80% opaque. Dusty cherries on the nose, lifted by bright menthol. Rich and thick in texture with big flavours on the palate showing multiple layers of flavour. Great complexity, perfect balance and even some tannins still in the mix. Long, sweet finish full of flavour and which morphs from one phase to another. Absolutely wonderful. 94/100. Drunk 11-Oct-13. Decanted 7½ hours.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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