Now I most certainly to NOT want to step onto anyone’s toes here, but I would not dream of buying any LBV for laying down.
For the money you paid I think that the Societies Exhibition Crusted Port would do you very well indeed, with the added possible advantage of improvement by cellaring.
I have Fonseca, Taylors and Grahams VP from the early 1990’s. I, at this point do not want to split a case, so I bought the WS Crusted Port which never disappoints and some well priced Quinta do Vargellas 1996/8 and 2005. In bottles and halves for this Christmas Season.
Just for fun get a bottle of the WS Crusted Port and compare it with the Sandeman’s. Schedule the comparative tasting for a Friday or Saturday night, gets some friends to “assist” you, light the blue touch paper and enjoy. Give yourself a full 24 hours to recover, great and unforgettable fun!!
One, memorable (sort of dinner) me and 3 friends killed 2.5 bottles of Taylors 1985 which I had bought EP, 2 of my mates had the Lion’s Share for which they took great pride. Their subsequent headaches were of legendary proportions, but they still recount the occasion with no little gratitude and fondness!!
If I were you, I would keep an eye out for Vargellas, Malvedos or Guimarens during the run up to Christmas. These can be huge bargains, maybe Aldi or Lidel might do the business, Sainsbury’s some years ago was a good source for Single Quinta Port, one just has to be fast on ones feet!