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Delaforce

Delaforce sons & C:a

Founded 1868
Owner Silva Reis
Vineyards None
Vintage Port Brands Delaforce, Quinta da Corte (until Vintage 2004)

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 was earlier made under the name of Quinta da Corte, which the house had a long time contract with from 1980 until early in the 21st century. Delaforce remained in family hands until 1968 when it was sold to Croft and IDV i.e.United Destillers and Vintners ( a part of Grand Metropolitan Group). In 2001 The Fladgate Partnership acquired both Croft and the name Delaforce only to sell Delaforce again in 2009 when it became a brand in Real Comp. Velha which is owned by the Silva Reis Family.

Delaforce Vintages:1870, 1873, 1875*, 1878, 1881, 1884, 1887, 1890, 1894, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1922 (family bottling), 1927, 1935, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2017
Quinta da Corte Vintages:1974, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2004

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 tastings7
BouquetVery generous and quite complex elegant nose with figs, liquorice, burned sugar, dried fruit and crème caramel.Score range15.40 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Full mature and peaking. Balanced with good concentration, very elegant sweet and delicious taste of crema caramel, burned sugar and liquorice. A nice rather long and sweet finish. Delicious port indeed.Average score16.11
Last tasted19th January 2018Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

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.
In 2018 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 tastings6
BouquetComplex delicious old grocery shop, raisin, crème caramel, cacao, some dark chocolate and ginger in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Fully mature and on top indeed. Balanced and complex, elegant, sweet port with old grocery shop, crème caramel, cacao in taste. Really good and generous port with a lovely and very attractive finish.Average score16.46
Last tasted19th January 2018Point this date17.00
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.
In 2018 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage1975
ColourMedium dark ruby with yellow mature quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetComplex candy, cream candy toffee and some roasted coffee in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and very elegant port. Quite complex with a nice, attractive and quite long finish. Very delicious.Average score16.30
Last tasted5th October 2019Point this date16.75
CommentAt a wine friend’s tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.
This bottle was a Magnum.

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 tastings6
BouquetCinnamon, ginger, cacao, some spiciness and coffee in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Elegant and balanced. A lovely port. Spiciness and ginger in taste with a long wonderful and attractive finish.Average score16.23
Last tasted19th January 2018Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2010 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2018 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 very mature, almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetOld grocery shop, chocolate, cacao, some spiciness and pharmacy in the nose.Score range14.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and developed and even quite old in taste. Will not be better. Some chocolate and old hospital in taste. Nice finish but not impressive at all so drink up this quite old port.Average score15.00
Last tasted12th February 2018Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage1985
ColourYellow mature beautiful in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetRaisin, crème caramel, candy, a hint of cacao and burned sugar in the nose.Score range14.25 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and will not be better. Balanced and silky, sweet and complex with crème caramel, candy and burned sugar in taste. Easy to drink and enjoy. Quite delicious and attractive finish.Average score15.30
Last tasted19th January 2018Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2018 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage1992
ColourQuite dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetMinty, candy, sweetmeats, cream candy and some spiciness in the nose.Score range15.00 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Candy, sweet meats and mint in taste. Still some very soft tannin and will maybe be better but is quite mature and almost peaking. Balanced and rather complex with a nice and quite long finish. Lovely and enjoyable port today.Average score15.72
Last tasted8th November 2018Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2018 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2018 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage1994
ColourStill rather dark but with a yellow mature rim in colour.Number of tastings10
BouquetSweetmeats, nougat, sweet liquorice, toffee, fudge and herbal in the nose but also some dark berry and mulberry.Score range15.50 - 16.50
TasteMedium bodied. Complex but still with soft and very delicate tannins. Herbal, cream candy and sweet liquorice in flavour. Will probably improve but has already now an attractive and long finish. Will be exciting to follow.Average score16.06
Last tasted23rd November 2019Point this date16.50
CommentAt Peter Andersen's Vintage 1994 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In 2018 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage2000
ColourStill rather dark but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, chocolate, crème caramel and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Rather mature but still with some soft tannin left. Balanced, rather complex and will be better. Cacao, dark chocolate and candy in taste which is sweet with a long and rather complex finish.Average score
Last tasted17th June 2018Point this date16.25
CommentTasted in our apartment in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage2003
ColourStill very dark blue almost black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetDark berry, blue berry, black berry and mulberry but also minty in the nose.Score range15.90
TasteMedium body. Dark berry, dried fruit and mint in taste and lot of tannin. Balanced with attractive acidity. A long life ahead but rather easy to swallow already now and very enjoyable with a quite long and very attractive finish. Will be lovely to follow.Average score15.50
Last tasted12th February 2018Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage2011
ColourDense, almost black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetDried fruit, blueberry, mulberry, dark berry, mint and herbs in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Still very immature but balanced with lots of lovely tannins. Very tasty loaded with dark berry such as blueberry, dark cherry and mulberry but also mint and herbs. Easy to really enjoy with an elegant and long finish. Will be lovely to follow.Average score
Last tasted13th June 2020Point this date16.00
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseDelaforceVintage2017
ColourRuby in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark cherry, mulberry, fruit and some spiciness in the nose.
TasteHardly medium body. Balanced but easy to drink and enjoy today, Modern style of port but very tasty indeed with dark berry, mulberry, spiciness and lots of fruit. The finish is very light but elegant indeed.
Last tasted29th November 2019Rating this dateVery Good
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Festival in Leverkusen, Germany.

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

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