HRH Queen Mother at the 1974 Royal Variety Performance meeting host Noele Gordon and guest feature host Ted Rogers.

“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.” – Sam Hellyer, Head of Chiswick Auctions Wine department

Ahead of a Royal visit to The Winter Gardens Theatre in Margate by HRH The Queen Mother in 1983, the Head of Wine and Spirits at the theatre, was asked to order her Highness’ favourite tipple, Graham’s Port 1977.

However much of it was unused on the visit and it remained in the venue’s cellar untouched for more than 30 years.

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 has been gifted with being able 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 on December 5th 2019.

‘The port is not just drinkable, but delicious, due to it having been stored in perfect cellared conditions’ the auction house note. 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.
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