Taylor's, Vintage Port
Taylor's

Taylor's, Vintage Port, 2018


Destination

vintage

portfolio
Portfolio
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2018
6x75cl
DP
£420.78


Taylor's, Taylor's, Vintage Port, 2018

2018

Tasting Notes


ABV:
20 %

Notes

A wine of precision, length and intensity, layers of fresh plummy fruit, exotic flowers and dark herbs are contained by schist-mineral infused tannins and a long rich sweetness on the finish. Vargellas, the main component of the blend in 2018, thrived in the year’s vagarious conditions, thanks to its high proportion of old vines and a deep root system which helps to self-moderates yield and quality. At a maximum of 700g grapes per vine, but more often nearer 250g, the 2018 has as much colour and tannin as the 2017, but delivers those qualities in a more flowing, fragrant manner. The Fladgates believe it to have “tremendous ageing potential”, and from our tastings, we agree. It is a spellbinding Port in every sense. The total output is just below that of 2017 but above 2016, at approximately 8k cases. To put that in context, there was less Taylor’s bottled in 2016, 2017 and 2018 combined than there was in the 1985 vintage alone. Quality has never been higher.

Critics score


Score:
97

100

Source:
Neal Martin, Vinous

Date:
09/2020

Notes
The 2018 Taylor’s Vintage Port comes predominantly from two vineyards: Quinta de Vargellas and Quinta de Terra Feita. It has a classy, aristocratic bouquet, a signature note apropos Taylor’s Vintage: dense black fruit with touches of melted tar, cloves and white pepper. This just builds and builds in the glass. The palate is very harmonious with fine tannins, perfect acidity and very pure with a gentle, almost caressing second half. White pepper interlaces the black fruit with a very precise finish. Pure class.

specifications

country:
Portugal

region:
Douro

Appellation:

Producer:
Taylor's

style:

Grape Variety:

Allergen Information:
This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.


Taylor's

Taylor's

Established in 1692, Taylor’s is one of the oldest of the Port houses. To this day the family remains absolutely dedicated to the highest standards of Port production and continues to invest in all aspects of the firm’s operations and the unique environment of the Douro Valley, through the promotion of sustainable and responsible viticulture. Taylor’s Vintage Port is one of the world’s most iconic wines. Made only in the very finest years – known as ‘declared’ vintages – the Vintage Port is a blend of three iconic properties: Quinta de Vargellas, Quinta de Terra Feita and more recently, Quinta do Junco. Taylor’s is also respected as a producer of quality Tawnies and holds one of the largest reserves of rare cask aged wines from which its distinguished aged tawny Ports are drawn. The house is also known as the originator of Late Bottled Vintage, a style which the firm pioneered and of which it remains the leading producer.

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