Taylor's, Platinum Jubilee, Very Very Old Tawny Port, Portugal

Taylor's, Platinum Jubilee, Very Very Old Tawny Port, Portugal

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Taylor's, Platinum Jubilee, Very Very Old Tawny Port, Portugal

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We are delighted to offer a wine to toast Her Majesty the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. Our friends at Taylor’s have created a stunning Tawny Port to commemorate the occasion. The Taylor’s Platinum Jubilee is a blend of very old Tawny Ports, some of which are more than 90 years old.  It is difficult to say exactly how old the wine is, but we can safely say that it has been ageing for at least as long as the reign of Her Majesty the Queen.

This majestic wine glows like burnished copper in the glass, a joy just to look at as well as bask in a heady nose of marzipan, orange peel and honey notes. The wine’s assured intensity is truly striking and carries the rich, bold fruit with underlying hints of ginger, spice, sultanas – a huge array of flavours making this a remarkable and very memorable wine. An aged Tawny like this will not improve further in bottle, but once opened it will happily last a fortnight.

Tom Cave, Account Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Apr 2022)

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Richard Mayson19.5/20

This is a treat, never to be repeated. David Guimaraens who blended the wine said to me it is ‘a blend of the finest I have’ and hopes that Her Majesty gets to drink a glass of it (however I heard recently that HM is no longer drinking!). David was understandably coy about what went into the blend (and there is no indication of age but it is ‘very, very old’). Having tasted the wine I fully believe him when he says it is our ‘finest’ (and there is considerable loyalty to the monarchy at the British end of the Port trade): deep mature amber-tawny hue; lovely, lifted, delicate spicy aromas with a touch of torrefaction (coffee) and honey; wonderfully fresh and precise on the palate, intensely sweet, spicy honeyed fruit, long and mellifluous, undeniably rich but stops short of cloying, the richness offset by a streak of acidity, glorious finish that goes on and on and on. 2,000 bottles in total.

Richard Mayson, richardmayson.com (May 2022)

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About this WINE

Taylor Fladgate

Taylor Fladgate

Taylor's Port, sometimes called Taylor-Fladgate (particularly in the U.S.) is one of the most well-known of all Port wine brands.

The first Taylor joined in 1816, followed  later by a Fladgate and a Yeatman. Taylor’s is the only Port wine shipper to remain completely independent throughout its history. British ownership continues to this day, when, after the last Yeatman, Dick, died in 1966, the firm passed via his widow to her nephew, Alistair Robertson.

Adrian Bridge, Alistair's son-in-law, is the current Managing Director. David Guimarãens leads the winemaking team that is responsible for maintaining Taylor’s position as a premium Port wine producer.

Taylor’s was the first to commercialise a Single Quinta (Estate) Vintage with their 1958 Quinta de Vargellas. Taylor’s were one of the first shippers to offer a 10 & 20 year old Aged Tawny ports and in the early 1970's it pioneered the Late Bottled Vintage (or LBV) style.

In addition to Vintage Port, Taylor's has also enjoyed considerable success with its Quinta de Vargellas, under which label Vintage wine is made in good years that have not been declared.The range has been augmented by the 116-hectare Quinta de Terra Feita in the Pinhão valley and Quinta do Junco, Vila Nova da Gaia and Xisto.

The Port wines are typically closed and austere when young; it is only with adequate ageing that they loosen up and offer their subliminal qualities. Worth waiting for, though, to secure stocks one is best advised to buy young.

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Vintage Port

Vintage Port

Vintage Port accounts for only a small percentage of the total Port production - which includes Tawny, Ruby, Late Bottled Vintage, Single Quinta Vintage styles, among others - but is the finest, longest-lived and most expensive style that is produced. The best are as good as any wine in existence.

With the exception of legendary vineyards like Quinta do Noval Nacional and Quinta do Vesuvio, Vintage Port is made from a blend of wines from a producer's finest plots. It is aged for around 18 months in wooden casks before bottling; from then on the watch-word is patience. At least 15 years ageing – and for the top wines it will be significantly longer – is required before the tannins, spirit and fruit are fully integrated. Indeed, the finest examples can last well over 50 years. 

Vintage Port is only made in exceptional years (normally around three times per decade) with considerable stylistic variation between different years and shippers. However, they all share a sweet, warming, spicy richness, power and complexity. In other good but not great vintages, many shippers produce a  Single Quinta Vintage Port from their finest vineyard. These are made in the same way and have the same style as Vintage Port but tend to mature faster and are less profound. All Vintage Port throws a sediment as it matures, and thus requires decanting.

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Port Blend

Port Blend

There are around 40 different grape varieties permitted in the production of Port - however the vast majority of Ports are produced from a blend of 5 grapes - Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinto Cão.

Touriga Nacional produces small, dark-skinned grapes that produce opaque black wines of great extract and high tannins - it gives grip, body, and structure to the blend.

Touriga Franca has a thinner skin and consequently produces wines lighter in colour and tannins than Touriga Nacional. It contributes fruit, aroma, suppleness and roundness.

Tinta Roriz is the Portuguese name for Tempranillo and its high sugar content and low acidity contribute colour and fruit.

Tinta Barroca which is normally grown at highish altitudes and on north-facing slopes, is prized for producing wines of delicacy, finesse and with smooth, velvety fruit. It brings elegance and sweet, ripe fruit to the final blend.

Finally Tinto Cão produces fine and complex wines, though it is probably the least important of the 5 grapes as its painfully small yields have reduced plantings to almost insignificant levels.

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