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Est. 2011

Taylor

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, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1878, 1880*, 1881, 1884, 1887, 1890, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1917, 1920, 1922*, 1924, 1927, 1931*, 1935, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1955, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018
Quinta de Vargellas Vintages:1895, 1905, 1907, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1917, 1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1937, 1947 (USA), 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, 2019, 2020
Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintages:1995, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2017
Taylor's Special Quinta Vintage (probably Vargellas) Vintages:1910, 1926, 1930, 1947, 1950
Quinta de Terra Feita Vintages:1914*, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2019
Quinta da Roêda 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
HouseTaylor bottled by
Fearon Block
Vintage1935
ColourStill a little dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetCrème caramel, cream candy, candy, violet, cacao, dark chocolate and much more in a lovely bouquet.Score range17.50 - 19.50
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking. Will not be better but balanced, complex and very elegant. A hint of old delicate acidity with crème caramel, cream, candy, cacao, chocolate, violet and much more in the mouth. The finish is quite long and very attractive. Do not save this port any longer - drink it and love it.Average score18.38
Last tasted27th December 2018Point this date17.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1938
ColourMature very yellow and beautiful in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetViolets, toffee, fudge, crème caramel and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range17.50 - 17.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and is perfect today. Balanced and very complex and elegant with crème caramel, violets and toffee in taste. This vintage is a great surprise for us with a long and wonderful finish. Astonishing indeed!Average score
Last tasted30th March 2018Point this date17.50
CommentAt home with the family.
This vintage was bottled in 1942.
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, Portugal.
The bottle came from Anders G. Åkesson’s Collection
TastersSAI
HouseTaylorVintage1948
ColourStill quite dark but beautiful, yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetWhat a nose! Coffee, tea, cacao, dark chocolate, toffee, violet, sweet liquorice, ginger, some Christmas spiciness, mature dark berries and much, much more in the nose.Score range18.00 - 19.50
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking. Incredible concentration, complexity and balance. Mature fruit in flavour but also, dark chocolate, cacao, coffee, toffee, ginger, sweet liquorice and so on . A wonderful, very attractive finish which never seem to end. What a port!Average score18.75
Last tasted23rd December 2018Point this date19.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1955
ColourStill a little dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings9
BouquetCacao, chocolate, menthol, cream candy, vanilla and toffee in the nose.Score range16.50 - 18.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Balanced and quite excellent and complex port with vanilla and menthol in flavour and a long wonderful finish. Easy to drink and enjoy.Average score17.13
Last tasted16th November 2017Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

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
HouseTaylorVintage1960
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetToffee, cacao, coffee, and violets in the nose.Score range15.90 - 16.90
TasteMedium body and quite dry. Mature and at its peak. Elegant and sweet. Lovely finish. Will not be better.Average score16.49
Last tasted22nd September 2023Point this date16.90
CommentTasted at the O-Porto-Unidade event at Niepoort’s Quinta de Nápoles.

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 and very beautiful in colour.Number of tastings21
BouquetViolets, some liquorice, coffee, tea, toffee, cacao and ginger in the nose.Score range17.00 - 18.90
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Candy, crème caramel, violets, nuts, some sweet liquorice and dark chocolate in taste. Balanced and complex and very elegant port with an enormous very attractive and tremendous long finish which never seem to end. We love it!Average score17.99
Last tasted22nd December 2023Point this date18.40
CommentTasted at home with the family.

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
ColourStill quite dark but of course yellow mature colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetCoffee, cacao, chocolate, some violets, old grocery shop and crème caramel in the nose.Score range17.00 - 17.75
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and probably peaking but still with soft and old tannin and will maybe be better. Complex and perfectly balanced. Toffee, some violet old grocery shop and of course much more in taste. A very attractive port with a long and nearly never ending finish. We just love this port.Average score17.33
Last tasted8th February 2023Point this date17.75
CommentTasted at home in 10th International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.

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 tastings30
BouquetComplex nose of violets, toffee, roasted coffee, cacao, roses, crème caramel, herbs and much more.Score range16.50 - 18.25
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak but will keep for ages. Violet, crème caramel, herbs 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 score17.38
Last tasted14th February 2024Point this date18.00
CommentTasted with our Private Wine Club.
1 bottle has 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 quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings19
BouquetViolets, pepper, toffee, some fudge and cacao in the nose.Score range15.50 - 17.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Will not be better. Very tasty with violet, toffee, fudge and some cacao. Elegant and attractive port with a very long finish. The last two bottles we had were outstanding and much better than all others bottles of this vintage!! Just drink it and enjoy it!Average score16.15
Last tasted15th June 2019Point this date17.75
CommentAt home with the family.

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 with a beautiful, lovely yellow colour.Number of tastings49
BouquetWonderful bouquet of chocolate, liquorice, cacao, violets, mint butterscotch, coffee, gingerbread, crème caramel and much more in the nose.Score range17.00 - 18.50
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and almost peaking and will maybe be better but is perfect and lovely today. Balanced and very elegant. Candy, cacao, mint, crème caramel and lots of other things in taste. Quite sweet. Complex and very attractive with an enormous finish, which never seem to end, just rolling in the mouth. Unbelievable! What a port!Average score17.67
Last tasted10th April 2024Point this date18.50
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings37
BouquetCream candy, violets, toffee, mint, cacao and spiciness with ginger and cinnamon in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.00
TasteLovely body. Mature and peaking. Sweet. Elegant and balanced. Fudge, cacao, violet and spiciness with ginger in taste. The finish is rather complex and quite long.Average score16.59
Last tasted28th November 2023Point this date16.75
CommentTasted at home in 15th International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.

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 beautiful in colour.Number of tastings24
BouquetThe bouquet was quite generous with butterscotch, violets, dark chocolate, toffee, violet, orange peel, mint, liquorice, menthol and some herbs in the nose.Score range16.40 - 17.75
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature and almost peaking but still with some soft quite elegant tannin and will probably live for many years to come. Sweet with violet, toffee and Sultana raisin and much more in flavour. Elegant and complex with an attractive, very long and lovely finish. Just enjoy it and love it!Average score16.94
Last tasted10th September 2023Point this date17.75
CommentTasted at home with the family.
This 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, medium dark ruby colour with a yellow mature rim.Number of tastings27
BouquetWonderful bouquet of roses, violets, crème caramel, nuts, cinnamon, ginger, orange zest, chocolate and roasted coffee in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.75
TasteFull-bodied. Almost mature and peaking but still some soft and lovely tannins and will be better and on top many years ahead. Violets, crème caramel, Christmas spiciness and much more in flavour. Complex and attractive port with an extremely long finish which never seem to end. What a lovely port!Average score16.77
Last tasted27th September 2023Point this date17.75
CommentTasted at Taylor’s lodge at Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.

In 2020 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1992
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetCoffee, violet, cream candy, cacao, some herbs, some spiciness, ginger and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Rather mature but still with delicate tannin and will be better. Violet, roasted coffee, cream candy, cacao, some herbs and spiciness in flavour. Complex and balanced port. Elegant, long and very attractive finish. Will improve and be lovely to follow.Average score16.63
Last tasted16th March 2022Point this date16.40
CommentTasted at home in 7th International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.

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
HouseTaylorVintage1994
ColourStill quite dark ruby in colour but with a nice yellow rim.Number of tastings9
BouquetMaybe still a hint of black berries, violet, roses, spring flower, crème caramel, sweet liquorice, milk chocolate and herbs in the noseScore range16.90 - 17.75
TasteFull-bodied. Still not mature with soft and very elegant tannins. A wonderful port. Elegant and balanced. Complex and very tasty with violet and sweet liquorice in taste with a very attractive and long finish.Average score17.40
Last tasted24th November 2023Point this date17.40
CommentTasted at home in 16th International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.
2 bottles have been corked!
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage1997
ColourStill quite dark but beautiful, yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetToffee, fudge, dark chocolate, some cacao, roasted coffee beams, violet and butterscotch in the nose.Score range16.90 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and almost peaking even if some soft tannin may still exist. Toffee, chocolate and much more in flavour. Sweet and balanced with an elegant, quite long and rolling, very attractive finish. It is a lovely port!Average score16.99
Last tasted10th April 2024Point this date17.25
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage2000
ColourStill quite dark ruby but yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetGenerous bouquet with sweet liquorice, spring flowers, violets, nuts, dark chocolate and cacao but also herbs, ginger, some honey and fruit in the nose.Score range16.75 - 17.50
TasteFull-bodied. Still soft and with delicate tannin. Will of course be better. Balanced but with lots of backbone. Sweet liquorice, nuts, dark chocolate and butterscotch in flavour. Sweet. Very elegant and complex with a long and very attractive finish.Average score16.94
Last tasted4th March 2023Point this date17.50
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.
This bottle was an Imperial bottle.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage2003
ColourStill quite dark but with a yellow mature rim in colour.Number of tastings10
BouquetCoffee, cacao, violets, toffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, butterscotch and lots of other things in the nose.Score range16.75 - 17.40
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but still with some very round and elegant tannins and will improve. Balanced with roasted coffee, cacao, chocolate, liquorice and lots of other things in the mouth and with a long, complex and very attractive finish just rolling in the mouth. What a lovely port indeed!Average score16.80
Last tasted2nd March 2024Point this date17.40
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage2007
ColourStill very dark blue in colour with just a hint of yellow edge.Number of tastings8
BouquetViolets, toffee, old grocery shop, some cacao, dark chocolate and butterscotch in the nose.Score range17.00 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Still a bit immature but a lovely and exceptional port. Violet, toffee, old grocery shop, butterscotch and much more in flavour. Balanced and very complex with an attractive, very long and very intensive and wonderful finish. Unbelievable port! Will be lovely, just enjoy it.Average score17.13
Last tasted4th March 2023Point this date17.25
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Fair 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 Fair 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, UK with the family.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB
HouseTaylorVintage2016
ColourTotally black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetDark berry such as mulberry, blackberry, blue berry, dark cherry and lots of fruit in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Lots of tannin but of course balanced and elegant. Very tasty of the dark berry i.e. mulberry, blackberry, blue berry and cherry and with a very attractive long finish with lots of tannin.
Last tasted8th December 2018Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt a Port Wine Shop in Copenhagen, Denmark

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage2017
ColourAlmost black with just a hint of a yellow edge in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetDark berries such as mulberries, black berries, blue berries, dark cherries, some violets, herbs, cacao and chocolate in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.40
TasteFull-bodied. Lots of round and elegant tannins but of course balanced and elegant. Very tasty with dark berries i.e. mulberries, black berries, blue berries and cherry but also herbs and some violets. A wonderful and very attractive, long finish with lots of tannins. Will be lovely to follow!Average score16.33
Last tasted10th April 2024Point this date16.25
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseTaylorVintage2018
ColourVery dark ruby, almost black in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetLots of dark berries such as mulberry, blackberry, blue berry, dark cherry, fruit, mint, some herbs, fresh tobacco and violets in the noseScore range16.40 - 16.40
TasteFull-bodied. Loaded with lovely and attractive tannins. Violets, herbs and all kinds of dark berries in taste. Balanced and very complex port with a long attractive and wonderful finish. What will be? Exciting to follow indeed!Average score16.40
Last tasted24th November 2023Point this date16.40
CommentTasted at the Portweinmesse in Leverkusen, Germany.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

Old Colheita/Tawny tasting notes:

HouseGolden Age (Around 50 year old)
Taylor
Tawny
ColourDark amber tawny in colour with a greenish yellow rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetLovely mature bouquet with lots of different thing to smell such as butterscotch, cashew nuts, dried fruit, burned sugar, orange blossoms and much more.Bottled
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and very elegant and very tasty indeed and with a long, very complex and attractive finish.Score range16.00 -
Last tasted24th November 2023Point this date17.90
CommentTasted at the Portweinmesse in Leverkusen, Germany.
TastersSAI, JB
HouseVery Very Old (80-90 years old)Tawny
ColourTawny in colour, beautiful.Number of tastings1
BouquetCoffee, old grocery shop, sweet meats, butterscotch, cream candy and much moreBottled
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and very elegant and very complex with a long and quite incredible finish. Lovely port indeed.Score range16.90 - 16.90
Last tasted31st March 2022Point this date16.90
CommentTasted at the Big Fortified Tasting in London, Great Britain.
TastersSAI, JB
HouseSingel Harvest
Taylor
Colheita1966
ColourChestnut and tawny in colour with an olive green rim which is quite attractive.Number of tastings2
BouquetBurned sugar, raisin, burned sugar, caramel and hazelnuts i.e. complex and mature in the nose.Bottled2015
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced with a fairly high acidity that is integrated. Toffee, raisin dried fruit, caramel and burned sugar in taste. Elegant and balanced port with a nice finish.Score range17.25 - 17.40
Last tasted22nd April 2016Point this date17.25
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London, Great Britain.
TastersJB
HouseSingel Harvest
Taylor
Colheita1968
ColourChestnut and yellow rim in colour with an olive green rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetBurned sugar, molasses, some zest from oranges and some roses but you can also find nuts, vanilla and oak in the noseBottled2017
TasteMedium body. Mature and almost peaking but with the burned acidity, typical for colheita. Nice sweetness which balanced the fairly high and integrated acidity but very tasty with raisin and dried fruit. The finish is nice and quite long.Score range16.50 - 17.50
Last tasted9th May 2018Point this date16.50
CommentAt The Big Fortified Tasting in London, Great Britain.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSingle Harvest
Taylor
Colheita1969
ColourLovely tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, some violet, nuts spring flowers and also burned sugar, cacao, chocolate in the nose.Bottled2019
TasteMedium body. Balanced with some lovely colheita acidity but balanced and attractive. Burned sugar, nuts, cream candy and much more in taste. Long and lovely finish.Score range17.00 - 17.00
Last tasted2nd March 2019Point this date17.00
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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