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Churchill Graham

Churchill Graham Lda.

Founded 1981
Owner Graham family
Vineyards Quinta da Gricha. Buying from Quinta da Agua Alta and Quinta do Fojo
Vintage Port Brands Churchill, Quinta da Gricha, Quinta da Agua Alta, Quinta do Fojo

John Graham and his wife (born Churchill) started this House in 1981. He could not use his own name why the House took his wife’s maiden name. This was the birth of the first new Port House for half a century.

To start with, the production came mainly from vineyards such as Água Alta, Manuela and Fojo belonging to the late Jorge Borges de Sousa's family. Although it continues to buy wine from these properties, Churchill's decided to acquire its own top quality vineyards not only to secure its sources of supply but also to have total control over the production process. Churchill's has bought two vineyards, Quinta da Gricha and Quinta do Rio in 1999 and currently leases on a long-term basis Quinta da Perdiz. They have again sold Quinta do Rio.

Quinta da Gricha
Quinta da Gricha is situated on the south bank of the river Douro about five miles upriver from the village of Pinhão.

Quinta da Perdiz
This quinta is situated alongside Rio Torto valley.

Churchill Graham Vintages:1982, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017
Quinta da Agua Alta Vintages:1983, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2016
Quinta do Fojo Vintages:1984, 1986, 1989
Quinta da Gricha Vintages:1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseChurchillVintage1982
ColourStill rather dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetPharmacy, old hospital and spiciness with a delicious aroma in the glass.Score range15.25 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and a hint of oldness Sweet, elegant and still balanced. Easy to drink and like with a nice and quite attractive finish. Will not be better so love it and drink it.Average score15.75
Last tasted14th December 2015Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseChurchillVintage1985
ColourStill dark blue in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetPharmacy, old hospital and ether in the nose.Score range15.00 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Fairly sweet. Fruity flavour. Delicious. Still some tannin. Nice finish..Average score15.45
Last tasted26th September 1995Point this date15.90
CommentThe Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB
HouseChurchillVintage1991
ColourVery dark but mature yellow rim in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetRed berry, dark cherry, blue berry and mulberry in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Sweet. Dark cherry and mulberry in taste. Mature but still some delicate tannin and will be better. Balanced and complex Attractive and long finish. Will be lovely to follow.Average score
Last tasted5th May 2014Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseChurchillVintage1994
ColourRather dark ruby but yellow mature in the rim.Number of tastings10
BouquetCream candy, candy, dried fruit and raisin in the nose.Score range14.90 - 15.25
TasteHardly medium bodied. Mature and peaking but still some soft tannin but will probably not be better. Sweet. Candy and fudge in flavour with a nice finish.Average score14.89
Last tasted24th January 2019Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseChurchillVintage1997
ColourStill rather dark but yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMulberry, dark berry, dark cherry, nuts and ginger in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Rather mature with quite a lot of elegant tannin and will be better. Balanced and rather elegant and easy to drink and enjoy with a nice, lovely and tannic finish.Average score
Last tasted19th January 2019Point this date16.00
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseChurchillVintage2000
ColourStill rather dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetCacao, coffee, dark berry, mulberry and fruit in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteFull-bodied. Still tannin and will be better and more developed with time but very tasty already today with cacao, dark berry and mulberry. Balance, and easy to drink and like now and with a rather complex and long finish.Average score
Last tasted21st January 2017Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Restaurant “Sturehof” in Stockholm.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseChurchillVintage2003
ColourStill dark ruby in the colour with a yellow edge.Number of tastings2
BouquetFruity with mulberry, mature fruit and blackberry in the nose.Score range15.90 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Still quite a lot of tannin but mature and balanced. Mulberry and blackberry in flavour. Will improve, but has already now a nice finish.Average score15.95
Last tasted17th June 2017Point this date15.90
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseChurchillVintage2007
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetVery fruity bouquet with dark berry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Fruit in flavour. Lovely tannins. A long, nice finish. Will be interesting to follow.
Last tasted7th November 2011Rating this dateVery Good/ Impressive
CommentThe Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseChurchillVintage2011
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetFruit, black cherry and black berry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature and tannins. Fruit in flavour. Lovely tannins. Astonishing easy to drink and enjoy.
Last tasted4th April 2014Rating this dateGood/ Very Good
CommentAt home with my wife

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI
HouseChurchillVintage2014
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark berry, mulberry and fruit in the nose.
TasteHardly medium body. Quite thin indeed. Modern type. Not as all as a Churchill and not so enjoyable. Something wrong with this bottle? Berry and fruit in taste. Nice finish
Last tasted7th November 2016Rating this dateGood
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseChurchillVintage2016
ColourDark ruby in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetLots of fruit, black berry and dark cherry but also bananas in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Balanced and easy to drink already now but of course immature. Quite elegant with blackberry, mulberry and bananas in taste. The finish is easy to enjoy with lots of tannins.
Last tasted30th November 2018Rating this dateImpressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Leverkusen, Germany.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseChurchillVintage2017
ColourDark ruby almost black in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark cherry, mulberry and mature dark fruit in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Lovely tannins and almost hard to enjoy but balanced and quite delicate. Loaded with mature fruit and mature dark berries. The finish is balanced and very impressive.
Last tasted4th November 2019Rating this dateImpressive
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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Burmester 1989
Cabraco
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Calem 1989
Calvares
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Champalimaud 1989
Cruz 1989
Dacosta 1989
Dom Joaquim
Comp. Uniao dos Vinhos do Porto e Madeira 1989
Feist 1989
Kopke 1989
Magales
Comp. Uniao dos Vinhos do Porto e Madeira 1989
F. Martins 1989
Maynard 1989
Pedro Lopez 1989
Prime
Messias 1989
Quinta do Bomfim
Dow 1989
Quinta da Cavadinha
Warre 1989
Quinta do Estanho 1989
Quinta do Fojo
Churchill 1989
Quinta do Infantado 1989
Rocha
Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association 1989
Silva-Luz
Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association 1989
Vasconcellos 1989

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