Churchill's Ten Year Old Tawny - 50Cl
If you are cutting out dessert at lunchtime, try instead a glass of slightly chilled Churchill's 10 year old Tawny - a great way to start the afternoon.
Churchill's 10 Year Old Tawny starts its life like young Vintage Port. Although fully aged in wood, it still retains the freshness of youth, which is reflected in its darker brick red colour and lively finish. (19.5% abv)
?Unquestionably the finest Tawny I?ve tasted in years. What makes it profound is its complex fragrance of roasted nuts and sweet fruit. There is impeccable definition and richness, a velvety texture and a long lusty finish. It is all a Tawny should be" Robert M. Parker Jnr. ? The Wine
Despite the fact that there was no longer any family firm to apprentice himself to, Johnny Graham arrived in Oporto in 1973. He got a job as a trainee with Cockburn?s and for the next 8 years worked closely with the ex partner John Smithes in the tasting room, on the production side and in vineyard management. In 1980 at the age of 28 he was made a director. A bright future lay ahead but he wanted to be his own boss.
Johnny married in 1980. Caroline, his wife, is a Churchill. Together they formed Churchill Graham Lda and in 1981 he decided to leave Cockburn?s to set up his own Port Wine Company. Despite offers of permanent jobs, he agreed to work as a consultant for Taylor?s while starting his Company. In the meantime local Port farmers had learned that he wanted to set up on his own and were keen to help. In particular, Borges de Sousa who had excellent properties offered a deal. Clearly the wine could not be called Grahams? ? the family business had been sold in 1970 to the Symingtons ? so what better name than his wife?s maiden name Churchill.
In the beginning, Churchill?s rented a lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia from Taylor?s but very soon bigger premises were required. With the Port trade in full expansion space was at a premium. Johnny bought three ruined lodges in Rua da Fonte Nova overlooking the river Douro. They have now been fully renovated.
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10 Year Old