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Quinta de Vargellas

Quinta de Vargellas - Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman

Owner Fladgate Partnership (Taylor-Fonseca Group)

This quinta belongs to Taylor.

Situated high in the mountain reaches of the Upper Douro, Quinta de Vargellas is the jewel in Taylor’s crown. It has been prized as a source of the finest ports since the 1820s. By the 1820s Vargellas had become established as a source of the finest Ports. The first recorded owner of Lower Vargellas, Bernardo de Brito e Cunha, sold his wine on the English market. Upper Vargellas, the most easterly vineyard, belonged for many years to the Ferreira family who for a time also leased the middle property. Correspondence from 1836 indicates that these vineyards were also prized as a source of outstanding wines. By the early 1880s the production of all three Vargellas properties had fallen dramatically as the vines were weak and finally destroyed by the lethal parasite. In 1893, at the time when phylloxera was most destructive in the area, the harvest at the Quinta was only four to six pipes.

The estate was as mentioned above originally made up of three separate properties, Upper, Middle and Lower Vargellas. In 1893, Domingos Burguets sold Middle and Lower Vargellas to Taylor’s and in 1896 the firm purchased also the third vineyard, Upper Vargellas, from the Countess of Azambuja, daughter of Dona Antónia Ferreira and were a single property.

By the time of the famous years of 1908 and 1912, Vargellas was producing 100 of the 300 or so pipes Taylor’s declared as a Vintage. Quinta de Vargellas is also bottled as a Special Quinta or Single Quinta Vintage Port, in years when an overall Taylor’s Vintage is not declared, made from grapes grown entirely on the quinta. The reputation of these wines has acquired a stature greater than that of many shippers declared vintages. In the 1990s, the estate was extended westwards with the purchase of the adjacent vineyard of São Xisto to form the quinta’s current boundaries.

Vinha Velha

The old walled terraces of the Vinha Velha represent the original part of the Vargellas estate and contain its oldest vines. They have been classified as World Heritage and constitute one of the Douro Valley’s most impressive historic vineyards. The Vinha Velha, meaning Old Vineyard, is made up of five individual and distinct plots located above and to the west of the estate buildings. They are Polverinho, Gricha, Renova do Depósito, Renova do Armazém and Vinha Grande. These old terraced vineyards, some of whose dry stone walls were built two centuries ago, contain very old vines many of which are now over 100 years old. With the exception of Polverinho, which contains the single variety terraces planted by Dick Yeatman in 1927, the Vinha Velha contains mixed plantings of many different traditional grape varieties, some of which are seldom planted today. The Vinha Velha plots together represent more than 15 percent of the total production of the estate.

Quinta de Vargellas Vintages:1868 (Ferreira), 1895, 1905, 1907, 1911*, 1912, 1914, 1917, 1925, 1934, 1937, 1948, 1952, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015
Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintages:1995, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011
Taylor's Special Quinta Vintage (probably Vargellas) Vintages:1926 (Private bottling), 1930 (Private bottling), 1947 (USA)

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseTaylor’s Special QuintaVintage1950
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCrème caramel, violet, burned sugar, and more in a complex, lovely bouquet.Score range18.40 - 18.40
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Elegant and complex with violet and crème caramel in flavour. A generous and marvellous finish. Quite wonderful port!Average score
Last tasted28th April 2001Point this date18.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% trip to Duoro.
This is probably Quinta de Vargellas. This bottle belongs to Anders G. Åkesson’s collection.
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1958
ColourLight tawny in colourNumber of tastings2
BouquetElegant fudge, sweetness, butter-scotch, and crème caramel in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. A light and very mature port with fudge in flavour. Rather complex with butter-scotch and sweetness in taste. Balanced and quite elegant with a quite interesting but rather short finish.Average score16.13
Last tasted17th November 2016Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Semi-Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle was from Anders G. Åkesson’s Private Collection.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1961
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetCrème caramel, violet, burned sugar and molasses in the nose.Score range14.90 - 16.25
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and even old. Complex with burned sugar in flavour. Still balanced and quite complex. Lovely liquorice finish. Still quite attractive.Average score15.74
Last tasted7th November 2015Point this date15.90
CommentAt home with the family and wine friends
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1964
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetPharmacy, burned sugar and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range15.00 - 18.40
TasteMedium body. Mature and probably peaking but maybe a little old. Burned sugar in flavour. Complex with liquorice finish.Average score16.97
Last tasted15th September 2005Point this date18.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1967
ColourYellow, mature beautiful in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetViolet, cacao, chocolate, coffee, mint and old grocery shop in the nose. Lovely nose indeed.Score range17.90 - 17.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking now. Balanced and very complex port with violet, cacao and chocolate in taste. A very elegant port with a lovely, very long and attractive finish. Astonishing for this vintage!Average score
Last tasted15th April 2017Point this date17.90
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1968
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetChristmas raisin, violet, clove, old grocery shop and Christmas spiciness in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Raisin and spiciness in flavour. Complex and balanced. Easy to drink and like. Quite long and attractive finish.Average score16.41
Last tasted15th December 2014Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1969
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetViolet, crème caramel and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Violet and burned sugar in flavour. A quite elegant and complex finish. Quite extraordinary for the vintage year.Average score16.38
Last tasted8th January 2009Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
This was the only house declared this vintage to our knowledge.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1972
ColourYellow mature amber in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetChocolate, mint, cacao, coffee, butterscotch, toffee and violet in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and on top. Balanced and sweet with chocolate, coffee and mint in flavour. Complex and elegant with a lovely finish. Very attractive for that year.Average score16.45
Last tasted10th September 2016Point this date16.90
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1974
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetPharmacy, cinnamon, gingerbread and vanilla in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and maybe even a bit old. Still sweet. Complex and balanced. Easy to drink and like with a nice and quite attractive finish Very tasty indeed.Average score16.25
Last tasted25th January 2014Point this date16.50
CommentAt home with the family.
1 bottle has been defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1976
ColourYellow almost amber, mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark chocolate, violet, butterscotch, crème caramel, old grocery shop, menthol, some coffee beans and mint in the nose.Score range16.50 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced but sweet with menthol, cacao and crème caramel in taste. Complex and elegant. Very tasty with an attractive and quite long finish.Average score16.75
Last tasted10th September 2016Point this date17.00
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1978
ColourStill quite dark but mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings9
BouquetSome violet but fudge, cream candy, caramel, some cacao and spiciness dominate the nose.Score range15.75 - 17.25
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and peaking and will not be better. Rather tasty with cacao, fudge and some cream candy in taste. Nice and sweet finish but drink up and enjoy now before it is too late!Average score16.36
Last tasted17th May 2018Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2012 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1982
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetCrème caramel¸ liquorice, ginger-bread and spiciness in the nose.Score range15.25 - 16.40
TasteFull-bodied. Mature but still with some soft tannin. Violet and crème caramel in flavour. Sweet. Lovely finish. Quite elegant and attractive port.Average score15.66
Last tasted20th November 2014Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2014 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1984
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetComplex crème caramel, some violet, blackberry, fruit, ginger and herbs in the nose.Score range15.90 - 18.25
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Mature and almost peaking but with some soft tannin left. Violet and herbs in flavour. Sweet. Balanced and complex. Attractive and quite long finish.Average score16.25
Last tasted19th February 2015Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Semi- Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1986
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings5
BouquetChocolate, cacao, coffee and tea in the nose.Score range15.40 - 17.40
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature. Violet and chocolate in flavour. Complex and long, excellent finish.Average score15.89
Last tasted18th May 2009Point this date17.40
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1987
ColourStill very dark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings5
BouquetLovely crème caramel, violet, coffee and tea in the nose.Score range15.40 - 18.75
TasteFull-bodied. Mature but still with soft tannin. Complex port with a generous and fabulous finish. What a port!Average score16.21
Last tasted12th April 2005Point this date18.75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1988
ColourStill very dark but a nice yellow mature rim in colour.Number of tastings8
BouquetCrème caramel, some violet, butterscotch, sweet liquorice, roasted coffee beans, and dark chocolate in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.40
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Almost mature and peaking bur still soft tannin and will probably be better. Balanced and elegant. Violet, sweet liquorice and crème caramel in taste. A lovely complex port with a quite long and very attractive finish.Average score16.05
Last tasted9th March 2017Point this date16.25
CommentAt home with the family.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1991
ColourStill dark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetMulberry, violet, liquorice and dark cherry in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteQuite full-bodied with soft tannin but mature and almost peaking. Liquorice and mulberry in taste. Complex port with an elegant and long, attractive finish. Will probably be even better. Delicious port!Average score16.25
Last tasted5th May 2014Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1995
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings14
BouquetLovely nose of roses, toffee, violet and plum.Score range15.50 - 15.90
TasteMedium bodied. Mature but still with some soft tannin and maybe better. Roses and violet in flavour. Elegant and easy to drink and enjoy. Lovely and promising finish.Average score15.76
Last tasted22nd October 2017Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
2 bottles have been defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Vinha Vehla
Taylor
Vintage1995
ColourDark blue with a yellow rim in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMulberry, fudge, burned candy, orange in the nose.Score range17.25 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Still quite a lot of tannin. Fudge and candy in taste. Will improve a lot. Balanced and complex port with a long, attractive and lovely finish.Average score
Last tasted18th September 2014Point this date17.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1996
ColourDark blue almost still black in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetMulberry, cacao, liquorice and dark cherry in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.00
TasteQuite full-bodied. Loaded with fruit. Still quite immature and soft tannin. Balanced an complex with mulberry and liquorice in flavour and an very attractive finish. What will be of this port?Average score15.83
Last tasted15th April 2015Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1998
ColourStill quite dark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings9
BouquetMulberry, violet, cacao, chocolate, toffee and crème caramel in the nose.Score range15.40 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and almost peaking but will probably be better. Balanced and quite elegant with violet, toffee and some cacao in taste. Quite complex with a nice finish.Average score15.64
Last tasted17th May 2018Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage2001
ColourDark blue with a yellow edge in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetBlack berry, blue berry, mulberry, some violets, toffee and dark cherry in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.00
TasteQuite full-bodied. Quite mature but still some soft tannin. Will be better but is easy to drink and enjoy today. Complex and balanced port with a lovely and quite long finish.Average score15.80
Last tasted10th December 2016Point this date16.00
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage2002
ColourStill very dark with a yellow edge in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetViolet, dark berry, toffee, dark cherry, salmiak, and butterscotch in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.40
TasteAlmost full-bodies. Still quite immature with lots of tannin and will be much better. Imposing port. Complex and balanced with violet, dark berry and salmiak in taste. Lovely and quite long finish. Will be very interesting to follow!Average score16.20
Last tasted22nd April 2016Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage2004
ColourStill very dark indeed with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetLovely bouquet of blackberry, mulberry, blue berry, lilac and violets in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteQuite full-bodied. Rather mature but still with soft and delicate tannin and will develop and be better. Lots of delicious berry, violet and lilac in taste. Balanced and very complex port with a lovely and attractive finish. This will be exciting to follow indeed!Average score16.00
Last tasted9th May 2018Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London, Great Britain.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage2005
ColourStill dark and quite immature in colour. A thin yellow edge.Number of tastings4
BouquetBlack berry and dark cherry in the nose, some liquorice and still very fruity.Score range16.40 - 16.40
TasteQuite full-bodied. Still very tannic, notes of mulberry and dark cherry in the flavour and excellent back-bone with a long finish. Will be very interesting to follow.Average score16.40
Last tasted5th March 2016Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage2008
ColourBlue but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetCacao, coffee beans, dark chocolate, dried fruit and some violet in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteQuite full-bodied. Still a little immature with tannins but balanced and lovely to swallow and enjoy. Cacao, some coffee beans and chocolate in the flavour with a very attractive finish. Will be interesting to follow.Average score
Last tasted3rd March 2018Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage2015
ColourDark almost black in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetQuite closed in bouquet with mulberry, blue berry, blackberry and some violet in the nose.
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Of course very immature and lots of tannin. Mulberry, blue berry, blackberry and a hint of violet in taste. Very long and impressive finish. Will be lovely to follow indeed!
Last tasted3rd March 2018Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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