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1952 Tawny Port given royal approval for Queens Diamond Jubilee

It's been quite a year for Symingtons Family estates, first Paul Symington was awarded Decanter Man of the Year and now their Graham's Tawny 1952 vintage is being released with Royal approval for the Diamond Jubilee.

Johnny Symington, joint director at Graham's, said they sat down in November to taste some of their oldest wines. He said ‘We called up the 52 and said, “This is fantastic”. We decided then and there that this would be the wine to release for the Jubilee.’

The 60-year-old is a colheita – a dated tawny – and its very existence is down to good fortune: most wines from that year would have been blended into 30 and 40 year old tawnys. So it’s very unusual to release a tawny this old. Because the wine is from exactly the same year as the Queen's coronation, Royal approval was given to include on the label the words 'To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II'.

Only 4200 bottles remain in the Graham’s cellars of which Graham’s will release 1000 bottles to start with as well as six jeroboams. The port will only be available through Berry Bros and Rudd.