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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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Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association 1980
Três Arcos
Messias 1980
8th November
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1998
4th November
Alves de Sousa 2017
Barros 2016
Blackett 2013
Blackett 2017
Boeira 2016
Borges & Irmao 2015
Bulas Special Edition 2017
Burmester 2017
Butler-Nephew 2017
Calem 2016
Churchill 2017
Conceito 2016
Dalva
C. da Silva 2004
DR 2001
DR 2002
Gould Campbell 1980
Graham - Malvedos 2015
Kopke 2017
Lacrau 2015
Martha’s 2017
Maynard 2016
Maynard (organic) 2016
Messias 2011
Messias 2017
Niepoort 2015
Noble & Murat 2016
Noble & Murat 2017
Palmer 2015
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 1983
Quinta da Cavadinha
Warre 2004
Quinta da Cavadinha
Warre 2006
Quinta de Ervamoira
Ramos Pinto 2005
Quinta do Infantado 1997
Quinta do Infantado 2003
Quinta das Lamelas 2016
Quinta dos Mattos 2017
Pacheca 2012
Pacheca 2016
Pacheca 2017
Quinta do Retiro Novo
Wiese & Krohn 2007
Quinta da Romaneira 2003
Quinta da Romaneira 2007
Quinta da Romaneira 2015
Quinta da Romaneira 2017
Casa de Santa Barbara
Pocas 2015
Quinta de Santa Eufemia 2014
Quinta de Santa Eufemia 2017
Quinta do Sexio
Sandeman 2013
Quinta da Sequeira 2017
Quinta Sao Luiz
Kopke 2006
Quinta da Soalheira
Borges 2017
Quinta das Tecedeiras 2014
Quinta das Tecedeiras 2016
Real Velha 2005
Reccua 2015
Sandeman 2000
San Leonardo 2017
Smith Woodhouse 1985
Quinta do Vau
Sandeman 1988
Vau
Sandeman 1997
Vieira de Sousa 2017
Vista Alegre 1999
Vista Alegre 2017
Warre 1985
Warre 2000
Warre 2017
Wiese & Krohn 2007
Wiese & Krohn 2016
Wiese & Krohn 2017

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