1940 Massandra: Livadia Red Port

  • Massandra: Livadia Red Port
  • Massandra: Livadia Red Port
  • Massandra: Livadia Red Port
  • Massandra: Livadia Red Port
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This is a wine grown at Livadia and made exclusively from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape when they have reached a natural sugar content of 22%. Like the Massandra Red Port it was aged for three years in large oak barrels. The 1891 vintage is the first Red Port ever produced in the Crimea and one of the finest ever made. Red Port was reserved for the sole use of the Tsar and members of the Royal family and the Court. Significantly it is still one of the most desirable wines in the former U.S.S.R.


Medium tawny. One of the best Livadia Red Ports on the nose with ripe fruit and a hint of crème caramel. Good.


It is difficult to establish exactly when the Massandra Collection was started but Prince Golitzin donated a large number of wines he had obtained from Europe as well as ones he had made himself. The Collection remained quite safe until the Revolution in October 1917. Although the Bolsheviks established Soviet power by the middle of January 1918 Massandra and the Crimea remained in the control of the White Russians. The violent struggle continued for a further three years exacerbated by German invaders, Anglo-French interventionists and the Russian Counter revolution. Throughout this period, the Collection remained hidden because of the entrance to the tunnels in which it was stored had been bricked up and concealed.


In November 1920 the Red Army finally took control of the Crimea and the Collection was discovered intact shortly afterwards. In 1922 on Stalin’s orders all the wines to be found in any of the Tsar’s palaces including those at Moscow, St. Petersburg and Livadia were brought to Massandra. Some of these were sold off at this time but the majority were added to the Collection.


Upon Nazi invasion in 1941, the Collection was evacuated to three separate locations including Golitzin’s original cellars at Novy Svet, and was to remain there until after the liberation of Yalta by the Detached Seaboard Army in April 1944. Late in 1944, the entire Collection was returned to its original resting place.

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