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Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman

Founded 1692
Owner Fladgate Partnership (Taylor-Fonseca Group)
Vineyards Quinta de Vargellas (which has included Quinta do Sao Xisto 1999), Quinta da Terra Feita, Quinta do Junco, Casa dos Alambiques
Vintage Port Brands Taylor, Quinta de Vargellas, Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha, Quinta da Terra Feita

The name of the House during centuries (Source: Taylor’s archives):

Job Bearsley1692
Peter Bearsley1709
Bearsley & Brackley1723
Bearsley, Brackley & Bearsley1732
Peter Bearsley & Co1736
Peter & Charles Bearsley1739
Peter, Bartholomew & Charles Bearsley1742
Bartholomew Bearsley & Co1744
Peter & Francis Bearsley1747
Francis Bearsley1749
Bearsley & Co1758
Bearsley & Webb1766
Bearsley, Webb & Sandford1769
Webb, Campbell & Grey1806
Webb, Campbell, Grey & Camo1808
Webb, Campbell, Grey & Co1813
Campbell, Bowden & Taylor1816
Campbell, Taylor & Co1825
Joseph Taylor & Co1826
Taylor, Fladgate & Co1837
Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman1844

Among the first of the early traders of Port was Job Bearsley, who by l692 was a Port shipper and partner in the firm which we know today as Taylor's. Already in the 1670’ies, born in Yorkshire, he was worked in the north of Portugal. He shipped, corn, fruit and wine (from Monaco) to England and wool and dried cod from England back to Portugal. According to archives, Taylor’s 4XX is a typical brand in wool industry.

In 1727 Job Bearsley's son Peter became the first British trader to venture into the wild, mountainous country upriver to Regua in search of the best wine and in 1744 the Bearsleys became the first British shippers to buy a property in the Douro valley. Taylor's still owns the Casa dos Alambiques at Lugar das Lages. It has made wine from that day to this - apart from a short break as a field hospital for the Duke of Wellington's troops in the Peninsular Wars. Taylor's were one of the earliest shippers to acquire vineyards to produce the wine themselves, rather than merely buying from wine-makers and then maturing it.

Peter Bearsley was blessed with 3 sons, Charles, Francis and William who each had 6 children, 11 girls and 7 boys. It was through Francis two girls, Margaret (married Sandford) and Elizabeth (married Grey) the wine export continued. Upon Peter Bearsly’s death the Bearsley name disappeared. In 1808 the American born Joe Camo was taken in as a partner as Webb, Campbell and Grey had to flee due to the ‘Penninsular War’ when French troops conquered Porto. When the French General Soult took command over North Portugal in 1809 even Joe Camo had to fly but retuned 3 months later. He had succeeded to hide the company’s best port onboard a ship in the harbour. When Grey died 1815 and Joe Camo a year later took over, the first Taylor became partner in the company. Joseph Taylor took John Fladgate as a partner in 1836. He died a year later and John Fladgate went for a new partner whom he found 2 years later in Morgan Yeatman from Dorchester and now the company got its final name. John Fladgate consecrated his life to Port and also the life of his children. His son Francis Pedro Gauntlett became partner in 1867; his four daughters were all married into Port business. Marian married Albert Morgan (Morgan Bros), Janet married Charles Wright (Croft & Co), Florence married Pedro Golcalves Guimarens (forefather to Bruce, Gordon and David) and Catherine married J.J. Forrester, later the famous Baron Forrester. Yeatman died in 1849 and was succeeded of his son Morgan Jr. who died in1889 and succeeded of Harry Oswald and Frank Pym Stanley Yeatman. These men bought Quinta de Vargellas. Frank ‘Smiler’ Yeatman being a legendary person. He was the first Port producer to produce 50 vintages. Frank ‘Smiler’ Yeatman died in 1950 and his son Richard ‘Dick’ Stanley Yeatman became the strong man at Taylor. He died in 1966 and his widow gave her shares to her nephew Alistair Robertson and told him to make Taylor’s successful or sell the shares. Bruce Guimarens and Huyshe Bower had joint as partners in 1961, Bruce came from Fladgate and Huyshe from Yeatman branch of the family and Alistair Robertson joined also from Yeatman, so now the last Taylor was gone for ever. Alistair is now retired since the year 2000 and is replaced by his son-in-law Adrian Bridge.

During the 19th century many vintage from Taylor was single quinta from Quinta da Roeda which was bought in 1844 by John taylor but the quinta was lost due to his duaghter’s marriage and went to Croft, but in 2001 that house was acquired by descendants of two old Port wine families, the Yeatman’s and the Fladgate’s.

The Fladgate Partnership company always declare their Vintage Ports on St George’s day (23 April).

Quinta de Vargellas
Situated high in the mountain reaches of the Upper Douro; Quinta de Vargellas is the jewel in Taylor’s crown. Acquired in 1893, at the time when phylloxera was most destructive in the area the harvest at the Quinta was a beggarly six pipes. By the time the famous years of 1908 and 1912 had arrived, Vargellas was producing 100 of the 300 or so pipes Taylor’s declared as a Vintage. Quinta de Vargellas is also bottled as a Single Quinta Vintage Port or Special 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.

Quinta de Terra Feita
Taylor’s famous old estate of Terra Feita forms a spectacular amphitheatre of terraced vineyard planted on the western slopes of the Pinhão River valley. Its vines have been supplying Taylor’s with superb grapes for nearly a hundred years and were bought in 1974. Together with those of Quinta de Vargellas, the wines of Terra Feita form the backbone of the legendary Taylor’s declared vintage ports. Since the beginning of the century, small amounts of Terra Feita wine have also been bottled as Single Quinta Vintage Port.

Quinta do Junco
was purchased by Taylor’s in 1998 from Borges & Irmao, and is situated near to Quinta de Terra Feita in the Pinhão River valley.

Quinta do Sao Xisto
was purchased by Taylor’s in 1999, and is situated alongside Vargellas.

Casa dos Alambiques
Acquired by the family in 1744

Taylor Vintages:1811, 1820, 1832*, 1833*, 1834, 1839, 1840, 1842, 1844, 1846, 1847, 1850, 1851, 1853, 1854, 1858, 1860*, 1861, 1863, 1865, 1868, 1870, 1873, 1875, 1878, 1881, 1884, 1887, 1890, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1917, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1935, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1945, 1947*, 1948, 1950*, 1955, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011
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
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)
Quinta de Terra Feita Vintages:1914, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2008
Quinta da Roeda Vintages:1872, 1880

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseBelieved Taylor
W N Starling
Vintage1887
ColourBeautiful, bright yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetWonderful bouquet of crème caramel, toffee, fudge, cream candy, lilac and bitter almond.Score range18.25 - 18.25
TasteMedium body. Still completely knit together. Mature and of course for us peaking and perfect. Balanced and complex port with a long and very attractive finish. Unbelievable!Average score
Last tasted20th December 2015Point this date18.25
CommentAt home with the family.
Sold by Christie as believed Taylor. Starling was the ship who brought the port to England. All those ships have names after birds. This is believed to be bottled by Hunter’s of Bury St. Edmunds and re-corked by Hunter & Oliver around 1934. This is Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Vintage.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1904
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetWax, honey and burned sugar in the nose.Score range13.50 - 13.50
TasteMedium body. Quite old port. Holding together but is on its last legs. Quite drinkable but should have been drunk.Average score
Last tasted25th December 2009Point this date13.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1912
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetLovely bouquet of cacao, chocolate, coffee, tea and toffee.Score range17.00 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Sweet. Cacao in flavour. Elegant and balanced with an incredible finish. What an old lovely port!Average score
Last tasted19th October 2000Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI
HouseTaylorVintage1920
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetComplex pharmacy and old hospital in the nose.Score range16.75 - 16.75
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and maybe a bit old but complex and tight. Lovely long finish. Quite good indeed.Average score
Last tasted11th November 1999Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI
HouseTaylorVintage1924
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetToffee, burned sugar and pharmacy in the nose.Score range15.75 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and quite old but still complex and attractive with a nice and lovely finish. Holding together but has seen better days.Average score
Last tasted8th July 2005Point this date15.75
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1927
ColourBeautiful mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetIncredible bouquet of mulberry, cacao, coffee, toffee and much more.Score range19.50 - 19.50
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Marvellous concentrated and complex port with a wonderful and never ending finish.Average score
Last tasted19th October 2000Point this date19.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI
HouseTaylorVintage1935
ColourDark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetViolet, vanilla, coffee, cacao and much more in the nose.Score range17.50 - 19.50
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Excellent and complex port with vanilla flavour. Long intensive and very attractive finish. Wonderful!Average score18.67
Last tasted20th October 2007Point this date19.00
CommentAt a wine friend’s home.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1945
ColourVery dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetWonderful bouquet of cedar, Christmas raisin, almond, coffee, cacao and much more.Score range17.00 - 19.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Incredible concentration, complexity and balance. A wonderful and never ending finish. Unbelievable!Average score18.13
Last tasted10th July 1998Point this date19.00
CommentAt a trip to Douro.
The bottle came from Anders G. Åkesson’s Collection
TastersSAI
HouseTaylorVintage1948
ColourVery dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetWhat a nose! Coffee, tea, cacao, toffee, violet and much, much more.Score range18.00 - 18.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking. Incredible concentration, complexity and balance. Mature fruit in flavour. A wonderful and never ending finish.Average score
Last tasted18th March 2000Point this date18.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI
HouseTaylorVintage1955
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings8
BouquetCacao, chocolate, menthol, vanilla and toffee in the nose.Score range16.50 - 18.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Excellent and complex port with vanilla and menthol in flavour and a long wonderful finish. Easy to drink, enjoy and love!Average score17.14
Last tasted25th December 2014Point this date16.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1960
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetMulberry, violet and blackberry in the nose.Score range15.90 - 16.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Elegant and sweet. Lovely finish. Will not be better.Average score16.35
Last tasted15th November 2007Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2007 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1963
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings17
BouquetViolets, coffee, tea, toffee, cacao and ginger in the nose.Score range17.00 - 19.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. More of burned candy in taste but also violets, nuts and dark chocolate. Balanced and complex, very elegant port with an enormous and attractive and tremendous finish.Average score18.06
Last tasted1st April 2017Point this date17.75
CommentIn our Private Wine Club.

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
HouseTaylorVintage1966
ColourDark with yellow mature colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetCoffee, cacao, chocolate and crème caramel in the nose.Score range17.00 - 18.50
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and nearly peaking but still with soft tannin and will develop more. Complex and attractive port with a long and nearly never ending finish. We just love this port.Average score17.80
Last tasted21st September 2006Point this date18.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection.

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
HouseTaylorVintage1970
ColourYellow mature beautiful in colour.Number of tastings27
BouquetComplex nose of violets, toffee, coffee, cacao, roses, crème caramell and much more.Score range16.50 - 18.25
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak but will keep for ages. Violet and toffee in flavour. Wonderful balance and finesse. Extremely long and lovely finish which never seem to end. This is a wonderful port indeed. Hope to drink it soon again.Average score17.27
Last tasted2nd October 2017Point this date17.75
CommentAT a Rotary Wine Tasting in Malmö.
1 bottle have been defect.

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
HouseTaylorVintage1975
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings18
BouquetViolets, pepper, toffee and cacao in the nose.Score range15.50 - 18.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Elegant and attractive port with a very long finish. The last bottle we had was outstanding and much better than all others bottles of this vintage!!Average score16.06
Last tasted25th March 2010Point this date18.50
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
HouseTaylorVintage1977
ColourStill quite dark but beautiful mature in colour.Number of tastings38
BouquetWonderful nose of chocolate, liquorice, cacao, violets, butterscotch, coffee, ginger bread and crème caramel.Score range16.90 - 18.40
TasteFull-bodied. Mature but still has some very soft tannin and will probably develop more but is perfect now. Quite sweet. Elegant. Candy, cacao and crème caramel in taste. Complex with a perfect balanced and an enormous finish. Unbelievable! What a port! Just drink it!Average score17.58
Last tasted11th February 2017Point this date17.75
CommentAt home with some friends.
1 bottle has been defect.

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
HouseTaylorVintage1980
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature colour.Number of tastings32
BouquetLovely and very generous nose of cream candy, violets, toffee, mint, mulberry, cacao, ginger and cinnamon.Score range16.00 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking. Sweet. Elegant and balanced. Fudge, cacao and violet in taste. The finish is complex, long and attractive. Quite astonishing and lovely mature port!Average score16.51
Last tasted25th August 2015Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.

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
HouseTaylorVintage1983
ColourYellow mature and very beautiful in colour.Number of tastings14
BouquetThe bouquet was quite generous of butterscotch, dark chocolate, toffee, violet, orange peel and cacao in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.50
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature nearly at its peak but still some soft tannin and will probably live for many years to come. Sweet with violet, toffee and Sultana raisin in flavour. Elegant and complex with an attractive, very long and lovely finish. This is a wonderful port indeed!Average score16.89
Last tasted27th May 2017Point this date17.50
CommentAt home with the family and some wine friends.
The bottle was a Magnum

In 2017 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1985
ColourBeautiful quite dark red but yellow mature edge.Number of tastings21
BouquetWonderful bouquet of roses, violets, mulberry, cinnamon, ginger, orange zest and coffee in the nose.Score range15.75 - 17.50
TasteFull-bodied. Nearly mature and almost peaking but still some soft tannin and will probably live for many years to come. Violets and liquorice in flavour. Complex and attractive port with an extremely long finish. Will be even greater in some years. Wonderful indeed!Average score16.59
Last tasted21st September 2017Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1992
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCoffee, violet and cacao in the nose.Score range
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and lots of tannin. Violet in flavour. Complex and balanced port. A long way to go. Elegant and attractive finish. Will be a great port in some years.Average score
Last tasted20th February 2003Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1994
ColourStill very dark in colour but with a nice yellow rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetBlack berry, mulberry, black cherry, violet, roses, spring flower crème caramel, sweet liquorice and much more in the noseScore range17.50 - 17.50
TasteFull-bodied. Still not mature with lots of fruit and soft tannin. Will develop a lot and be much better. A wonderful port. Elegant and balanced. Complex and very tasty with violet and sweet liquorice. Enormous finish. Will be lovely to follow!Average score17.50
Last tasted21st August 2016Point this date17.50
CommentAt home with the family.
1 bottle ( a magnum) was corked!
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1997
ColourStill dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetToffee, fudge, dark chocolate, some cacao and roasted coffee beams, butterscotch and much more in the nose.Score range16.90 - 16.90
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking even if some soft tannin still exist. Toffee, chocolate and much more in flavour. Sweet and balanced. An elegant, long and very attractive finish. Lovely port!Average score
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage2000
ColourDark blue in colour but with a yellow mature edge.Number of tastings2
BouquetSweet liquorice, spring flowers, violets and mulberry in the nose.Score range16.90 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Still soft and delicate tannin and will of course be better. Lots of backbone. Sweet liquorice, violets and butterscotch in flavour. Sweet. Elegant, long and very attractive finish. This will be wonderful port to follow!Average score16.95
Last tasted17th March 2016Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage2003
ColourStill very dark but with an amber yellow rim in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetViolets, cacao, dark chocolate, some roasted coffee and butterscotch in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Still immature with some soft tannin but will be much better. Violets, some dark chocolate and coffee in flavour. Balanced but with lots of backbone. Very complex with a long, attractive and wonderful finish. Will become a lovely port. Just wait if you can! Good luck!Average score16.56
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage2007
ColourStill very dark blue in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetViolets, toffee, old grocery shop, some cacao and butterscotch in the nose.Score range17.25 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Still a bit immature but a lovely and exceptional port. Violet, toffee old grocery shop and butterscotch in flavour. Balanced and very complex with an attractive, very long and very intensive and wonderful finish. Unbelievable port! Will be lovely.Average score
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date17.25
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage2009
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetToffee, violet, cacao, butterscotch and much more in the nose.Score range16.75 - 16.75
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and lots of tannin. Will improve a lot. Violet, toffee and butterscotch in flavour. Balanced and very complex port with an attractive long and very intensive finish. Will be lovely to follow.Average score
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage2011
ColourBlack in colour with an intense purple rim.Number of tastings1
BouquetLoaded with fruit and dark berries. Grape juice and floral in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Very nice and surprisingly accessible. Dark berry and fruit in taste. Quite sweet. Elegant with quite long finish.
Last tasted21st December 2013Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt a Christmas trip to London with the family.

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

Old Colheita/Tawny tasting notes:

HouseTaylorSingle Harvest1966
ColourTawny in colour with an olive green rim which is quite attractive.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar, complex and mature nose.Bottled
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Toffee and burned sugar in taste. High acidity. Elegant and balanced port.Score range
Last tasted22nd April 2016Point this date17.40
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London
TastersJB

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