TAYLOR FLADGATE

Nestled among the lodges and cellars of Oporto, Taylor’s is one of the oldest of the founding Port Houses. Dating from 1692, the House quickly realised that the more muscular wines of the upper Douro Valley greater suited the British taste, and ventured into previously uncultivated areas to seek out vineyard sites.

Taylor’s First Estate Reserve Port commemorates this exploration and the subsequent purchase of an Estate near Régua in 1744. A vow to remain independently-owned to this day has allowed Taylor’s to commit to produce only the finest Port wines of quality and character. None more so than the wines from Quinta de Vargellas, the House’s pre-eminent estate in the wild, hilly reaches of the Douro Valley.

Of the vines at Quinta de Vargellas, by far the most renowned are the Vinha Velha, which represent a piece of viticultural history, are classified as World Heritage, and produce one of the rarest of all Vintage Ports. Vinha Velha Ports contain a blend of many traditional grape varieties, seldom planted today, from vines that are over 100 years old.

VINTAGE

1985

COLOUR

Red

REGION

Portugal.

PACKAGING

Original box.

PAYMENT METHOD

Bank transfer or by credit/debit card.

SHIPPING

Geographical restrictions may apply.

TASTING REVIEWS & SCORES

Jancis Robinson, November 2013, 18 Points

Mid ruby. Becoming a little pale. Rose petals and brown sugar on the nose with some violets. Very subtle. Not that enormously sweet but very smooth and seductive with a dry, peppery finish. Long.

Jancis Robinson Scoring:

20 – Truly exceptional
19 – A humdinger
18 – A cut above superior
17 – Superior
16 – Distinguished
15 – Average, a perfectly nice drink with no faults but not much excitement
14 – Deadly dull
13 – Borderline faulty or unbalanced
12 – Faulty or unbalanced