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Late Bottled Vintage port is from a single year. The wine ages 4-6 years in old oak casks (opposed to Vintage that ages 2-3). LBV fills the gap between the rubies and the vintage ports since a Ruby Port should be drunk quite young and a great Vintage Port may need 15 to 20 years to really open up and show its splendour. This led to the idea in the 1960s to age the wine 4 to 6 years in large casks before bottling it, thereby producing a wine with the style of a Vintage Port with its deep colour and concentration of fruit but with a more mature character caused by the longer ageing in wood.
Late botted vintage is the perfect port to accompany chocolate desserts, specially if dark/bitter chocolate is used!
The grapes used on the production of LBV 2008 are from selected parcels of vineyards with low yield in the Cima Corgo region of Douro Valley. Grapes were trodden in stone "lagares" and the wine was then transferred to Vila Nova de Gaia cellars, where it matured in large wooden vats. At Niepoort, the tradition is to bottle the LBV four years after the harvest to retain all the freshness and fruit, characteristic of these wines.
Deep ruby colour, with a complex and concentrated aroma of red and black fruits. Notes of pepper and dark chocolate. On the palate it shows great concentration and volume with a firm structure but a superb soft silky texture. The great acidity provides freshness and balance to the wine. Long and pleasant finish. The wine can be enjoyed now, and will become more complex with further cellaring for a couple of decades.