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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)
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.
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.’
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.