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Delaforce

Delaforce sons & C:a

Founded 1868
Owner Silva Reis
Vineyards None but vintage port from Quinta da Corte
Vintage Port Brands Delaforce, Quinta da Corte

When King Louis XIV declared Catholicism as the French religion in 1685, some Huguenots fled via Holland to England, among other the Delaforce family. However 26 years old John Fleuriet Delaforce came to Oporto in 1834 to be a book keeper in the Martinez Gassiot company. His son George Delaforce founded in 1868 the house and has since then undergone many take-over. By the end of the 19th century George Delaforce was purveyor to the Portugese kings, an unusual honour for a non-Portuguese citizen. In spite of the proclamation of a republic in 1910, the royal coat-of-arms still appears on the label of Delafoce Vintage Port. The family has continued to be linked to the Port trade for six generations, building up a business under the brand name. A Single Quinta Vintage wine is sometimes made under the name of Quinta da Corte, which the house has a long time contract with since 1980. Delaforce remained in family hands until 1968 when IDV i.e.United Destillers and Vintners (a part of Grand Metropolitan Group) bought the firm, but 2001 Taylor bought the name Delaforce only to sell it again in 2009 when it became a Brand in Real Comp. Velha and owned by Silva Reis.

Delaforce Vintages:1870, 1871, 1873, 1875, 1878, 1881, 1884, 1887, 1890, 1894, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1927, 1935, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011
Quinta da Corte Vintages:1974, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1995, 1997

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseDelaforceVintage1960
ColourStill very dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetComplex and lovely bouquet with butterscotch, toffee, cream candy, cacao, dark chocolate and some smokiness in the nose.Score range17.00 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and on top. Cacao and butterscotch in taste. Balanced and elegant with some quite soft acidity. Lovely, quite long and attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted26th December 2016Point this date17.00
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage1963
ColourYellow mature almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetVery generous and quite complex elegant nose with figs, dried fruit and crème caramel.Score range15.40 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Full mature with good concentration, very elegant sweet and delicious taste. A nice rather long and sweet finish.Average score16.01
Last tasted9th December 2017Point this date17.00
CommentIn a wine shop in Denmark.

In 2005 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage1970
ColourBeautiful mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetComplex delicious old grocery shop and pharmacy in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.00
TasteVery tasty, complex, elegant, sweet and fully mature with a lovely finish. Really good and generous port and on top.Average score16.35
Last tasted13th November 2008Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2008 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage1975
ColourYellow mature quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetComplex candy, cream candy toffee and some polkagris aroma.Score range15.00 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and very elegant port. Quite complex with a nice, attractive and quite long finish. Delicious.Average score16.19
Last tasted11th December 2017Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage1977
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetCinnamon, ginger, cacao and coffee in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Elegant and balanced. A lovely port. Spicy in taste and a long wonderful and attractive finish. Astonishing!Average score16.13
Last tasted4th March 2013Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.

In 2010 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage1982
ColourYellow rather mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetClosed in the nose but some chocolate and cacao bouquet.Score range14.00 - 14.00
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and developed. Nice finish but not impressive at all.Average score
Last tasted15th November 1996Point this date14.00
CommentTasted at a trip to London.
TastersSAI
HouseDelaforceVintage1985
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetRaisin and burned sugar in the nose.Score range14.25 - 15.25
TasteSilky, sweet medium bodied with some fruit. Mature and elegant finish. Quite delicious and attractive.Average score14.75
Last tasted11th February 2005Point this date15.25
CommentTasted at a trip to London.
TastersSAI
HouseDelaforceVintage1992
ColourQuite dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMinty, wet stones, ashes and kernels.Score range15.00 - 15.00
TasteMedium body. Kernels and mint in taste. Still tannin and will maybe be better but some unbalanced and a bit alcoholic. Nice finish.Average score
Last tasted18th October 2014Point this date15.00
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage1994
ColourStill astonishing dark but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetDark berry, mulberry, sweet liquorice, toffee, fudge and herbal in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.25
TasteMedium bodied. Complex but still with soft tannin and will be better. Herbal and sweet liquorice in flavour. Will improve but has already now an attractive and rather long finish. Will be exciting to follow.Average score16.07
Last tasted22nd April 2017Point this date16.25
CommentTasted in a Wine shop in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage2003
ColourDark blue almost black in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark berry, blue berry and fruit in the nose.Score range14.50 - 14.50
TasteMedium body. Dark berry in taste and lot of tannin. A long life ahead but rather easy to swallow already now. Balanced and quite long finish.Average score
Last tasted4th March 2013Point this date14.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage2011
ColourDense, almost black in colour with a purple rim.Number of tastings1
BouquetFresh nose with mint and berries.
TasteFruit and dark berries in the taste. Medium body.
Last tasted4th November 2013Rating this dateGood
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersJB

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