The late Queen Mother's favourite tipple - Grahams Vintage Port 1977

A BOTTLE of HRH the late Queen Mother’s favourite tipple, Graham’s Port 1977, ordered ahead of a Royal visit to The Winter Gardens Theatre in Margate in 1983, remained unused and spent more than 30 years untoouched in the venue’s cellar.

It is unclear if the Head of Wine & Spirits at the theatre wanted to make sure that she was well catered for, or her Majesty was having an off day, but most of the port remained undrunk. It proceeded to feature on 30 years-worth of stock counts before the food and beverage manager finally retired and his replacement thought it was time to sell it on. In the theatre bar the port would have cost £70 per glass, which might have proved a hard sell, so instead the decision was made to auction it.

Chiswick Auctions is therefore delighted to offer the opportunity to share this rare vintage and favourite tipple of the Queen Mother with you, just in time for Christmas, in an upcoming sale of Wine & Spirits at Chiswick Aauctions on December 5, 2019. 

Described by Sam Hellyer, Head of Chiswick Auctions Wine department, as: “Luscious, smooth, with the last hurrah of thick tannins lining the tongue and laying down a plush carpet for the chewy fig and lingering acidity to mingle on. With them came a hint of smoky and chocolately notes, the smell of cigar boxes and freshly sanded wood.”  The port is not just drinkable, but delicious, due to it having been stored in perfect cellared conditions.

Four lots of the Graham’s Port 1977 are to be offered, three in their original wooden cases are estimated at £700-£850 and one lot comprising four bottles is estimated to fetch £100-£150.