With the sleet falling down outside on a January day in the UK’s third lockdown it is good to be reminded of the beneficial things in life. The remarkable 1961 vintage took place nearly sixty years ago – and I should l know as it was my vintage. A landmark year in Bordeaux, it was also a good year in the Douro which produced some fine single quinta Ports, nearly all of which have been drunk. (I finished my last of a dozen Taylor’s 1961 Vargellas on my birthday about five years ago.) Sugar levels were high and the 1961 harvest was early.