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MIchael Boradbent gives this 5 Stars (out of 5 possible), writing: "reputed from the start to be head and shoulders the best '45. A big strapping wine ... with magnificent depth and concentration. ...Then a memorable bottle at the 50th anniversary '1945 Vintage Dinner' hosted by Sir Christopher Mallaby at teh Embassy in Paris in December 1995. I noted 'powerful, assertive, years of life, impressive but not a joy.. Most recently noting good colour, positive fruit, lenght and the Taylor backbone. Certainly good. Certainly impressive... Plenty of life yet." (Michael Boradbent's Vintage Wine)

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The Story

Taylor’s Port is the last of the original English founding port companies to remain family owned. It has never been bought, sold or taken over. The company is run by descendants of the founders. This ensures its outlook and philosophy remains focused on the production of top quality ports.
Taylor’s were also the first to invest heavily in property in the Upper Douro. The recent acquisition of Quinta do Junco illustrates the continued commitment of the firm to producing premium quality wines. Their Estates at Vargellas, Terra Feita and Junco, have been carefully selected and all have the prize Casa do Douro “A” classification. The main grape varieties used are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão and Tinta Amarela.
Each Estate has a carefully planned programme of new planting to maintain the standards of the estate wines - used for the famous Taylor’s Vintage Ports, single Quinta wines, and the backbone of Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage Port.

Taylor’s Vintage Port is made from grapes grown on the firms two properties Quinta de Vargellas and Quinta de Terra Feita. The stature of its Port is acknowledged by experts everywhere - and by the international wine auctions which regularly price Taylor’s Vintage Port ten to fifteen per cent above its rivals.


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Wine Information

The first post-War vintage was a classic year marked by drought. The wine was bottled in Portugal because of English restrictions.
‘Deep tawny with narrow amber rim. Very powerful, dense, almost overwhelming, showing extraordinary vigour and plenty of background. Still incredibly youthful. Rich, treacly, plum pudding overlaid by delicate complex floral scents. Huge diversity of aromas that manage to combine harmoniously. Beautifully balanced and elegant.’

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Vintage 1945

Port Vintage Report: Classic Vintage, full-bodied, deep purple and sweet, with a large concentration of fruit and tannins. First post-War Vintage. Bottled in Portugal, owing to English restrictions. Almost all producers declared production. Low production year. Dry year, with a very hot summer, and only a few rains at the end of August. Early harvests, starting in the first half of September.

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The first post-War vintage was a classic year marked by drought. The wine was bottled in Portugal because of English restrictions.
‘Deep tawny with narrow amber rim. Very powerful, dense, almost overwhelming, showing extraordinary vigour and plenty of background. Still incredibly youthful. Rich, treacly, plum pudding overlaid by delicate complex floral scents. Huge diversity of aromas that manage to combine harmoniously. Beautifully balanced and elegant.’

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The 1945 Vintage Port from Taylor's has perhaps always been overshadowed by the legendary 1948, but it deserves respect. This particular vintage was bottled in Portugal because of postwar restrictions that prevented bottling in England. It has a gorgeous cassis, clove and menthol nose that explodes from the glass, developing scents of Christmas cake and pain d'épices with time. The palate displays perfect acidity, unerring transparency and maybe more refinement than the 1924 Taylor's tasted in the same week. Astonishing length, from an astonishing Port. Tasted at Koala's 1945 dinner.

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From an unlabelled bottle brought a few years ago by a dinner guest with a handwritten hanging neck label that says 'Taylor, 1970?'. Imagine our surprise when we pulled the cork!
Pale to mid tawny with a rose red core. Very heady and floral (violets?), then brûlée. Very lifted rather than heavy. The last time I tasted this was at the British embassy in Paris in 1995 at a special dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the armistice. Alastair Robertson was on my left. Unctuous in the extreme. This is the stage one hopes for when tasting young vintage port - so mellow yet so well balanced. No suggestion of over-insistent spirit. Creamy texture and a suggestion of russet apples. Spicy finish with lots of power in it. So long. You really wouldn't need anything with this though I am looking forward to the mature brebis cheese we'll nibble at with this at the end of dinner tonight.

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