Vintage performance

The_Sign_of_The_Don_Restaurant_2013_7.jpgDoes age matter? Wine lovers have a unique opportunity to find out this month by tasting rare bottles of Sandeman vintage port at The Sign of The Don in the City.

The bar and brasserie is located on the site of the historic Sandeman bottling cellars, making it the perfect place to sample a range of 20 vintages, starting with 2011 and going right back to 1944 – including the rare 1968. A bottle of the 1944 will set you back a cool £1,243 but the good news is that all 20 vintages are available by the glass from the bar’s enomatic machines. That means you’ll be able to sample a 25ml glass of the 1944 for £44, 1955 for £26 or 1966 for £8.

The vintages available at The Sign of The Don are: 1944, 1955, 1957, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2011. Flights are also on offer, our pick being the Five Decades (1997, 1982, 1970, 1963, 1957) served with complimentary cheese for £43.

The ports may be old but they won’t be around forever due to limited supplies of older bottles, so it’s a case of first come, first served: book your table now…