Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV)
Definition - What does Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV) mean?
Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV) is a style of Port which was originally meant for restaurants. Port can precipitate significant amounts of sediment, therefore, they age the Vintage Port in barrels for four to six years. This allows the wine to be ready-to-drink once released.
Vintage Ports need a long time to age. The lengthy barrel-aging process makes them accessible at an early age.
WineFrog explains Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV)
Late Bottled Vintage Port is made from grapes harvested from a single, specific year from a variety of vineyards. There is not a Late Bottled Vintage Port (or Vintage Port) for each year, but only from good years.
The Late Bottled Vintage Port is aged almost four times as long in barrels as Vintage Port. For restaurants who wish to serve Vintage Ports without dealing with all the sediment during service, LBV is a good option. However, it is believed by many wine experts that aging the wines as such in the barrel rather than in the bottle, they lose their intensity and concentration compared to a Vintage Port.