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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port is one of the world’s great iconic wines. Made only in the very finest years – known as ‘declared’ vintages – Vintage Ports are blended from the best produce of the firm’s own estates of Quinta de Vargellas, Quinta de Terra Feita and more recently, Quinta do Junco. After each harvest, the tasting panel selects the finest Port wines from the three properties and these are then left to age for two winters in oak vats.
In their second Spring, they are tasted again. If they are judged to be of exceptional quality, the Port wines of the three estates are blended together. At this stage it must be decided whether a Vintage Port is to be ‘declared’. For a declaration to be made, the Vintage Port blend must be of outstanding quality: austere in its youth, with tremendous depth of flavour and massive structure, capable of evolving... into that quintessence of great Port, a mature Taylor Fladgate Vintage.
Historically Taylor Fladgate has only declared about three Vintage years per decade.
Taylor Fladgate's Vintage Ports are renowned for their massive structure and aromatic power, tempered by a characteristic understatement and restraint. The ultimate collector’s Port wines, Vintage Ports will age for decades in the cellar, slowly developing the elegance and harmony which are the hallmarks of a mature Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port.
About the wine
"Deep purple black with a narrow magenta rim. High notes of pure, intense woodland fruit with lively accents of green apple, fresh plum and raspberry. Around this core of bright, singing fruit is a heady aura of gumcistus and wild herbs. On a deeper register, exotic notes of cedarwood and jasmine provide an additional dimension of complexity. The wine has an attractive leanness and muscularity with sinewy, linear tannins that integrate seamlessly into the mid palate and then re-emerge to hold the wine in a confident grip. Energised by a racy acidity, the intense berry flavours continue to build into the long finish. Although the keynotes are refinement and poise, the wine displays the restrained vigour and stamina that are the hallmarks of the Taylor Fladgate style."
Appellation: Douro, Portugal
- 4.4/5.0, Vivino Users
- 100/100, James Suckling
- 98/100, Wine Spectator
- 97/100, Neal Martin
- 18/20, Jancis Robinson
- 18.5/20, Matthew Jukes
Grapes: Traditional Port Blend
Alcohol: 20% abv
Food Pairing: Blue Cheese, Walnuts, Dried Apricots & Figs
Service: Decant due to natural sediment, Serve at 16-18 C. Once opened, consume within a couple of days.
Ageing: Will continue to improve for decades.
100 Points, James Suckling
"OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor Fladgate I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025."
98 Points, Wine Spectator
"This is packed with raspberry, blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors that play off one another, melding with anise, fruitcake and ganache notes. A warm tarry edge coats the finish, revealing an echo of bramble. A seriously grippy, strapping Port, this revels in its power. Best from 2032 through 2055."
18/20, Jancis Robinson
"Tight, refined nose – rather claret-like. Restrained aromatically: backward with sharp, linear blackcurrant and violet notes. This tastes like a somewhat shouty, scratchy baby at the moment – which is no criticism of a wine designed to age as long as a vintage port. But then there are masses of sweet fruit with liquorice surrounded in a scratchy skein of tannins and acidity. Drink 2043-2070"
4.4 ★ Vivino Users
"95/100 From the 2016 Port Vintage declaration tasting. Leather, tar, black fruit, and spice. Tight structure and firm tannins. This does taste great now but is just scratching the surface of its potential. Built to age." Exotic Wine Travel
97 Points, Neal Martin
"The 2016 Vintage Port has an aristocratic bouquet with tight wound aromas of blackberry, bilberry, crushed stone, black olive and a light, marine-tinged element, perhaps almost peat-like. The palate is just beautiful with fine, chiseled tannins and a perfect line of acidity. There is that almost "arching" structure one always seeks in a great Taylor’s with a gentle but insistent grip towards the finish. It is everything you really want from a Vintage Port."
18.5/20, Matthew Jukes
An exuberantly floral wine with plum and liquorice in abundance, this is a tender and succulent Taylors with a surprisingly pliant and silky palate. A few shades darker than the 2011, but more welcoming and uplifting, too, this is a thrilling wine with clean finish and masses of unbridled energy.