Taylor's Port, 2017

Vintage Port
Impériale (600 cl)
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Bottle size: 1 x 600cl

ABV: 20%


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Impériale (600 cl) Including Duty Vat and delivery

Review scores
*** 18.5/20 Jancis ***
*** 98/100 - Vinous ***
*** 18+? - Mayson ***

Tasting notes
Opaque black at the centre with a narrow purple rim. Uncompromisingly Taylor’s in style, elegant and precise. The nose is threaded with very fine, linear fruit, heady and complex but restrained by a graphite minerality. Quinta da Vargellas has imprinted its signature fragrance of violets, which hangs like a scented veil over the wine, and there are discreet terroir notes of citrus, wild herbs and gumcistus. The nose is still reserved and discreet but there is impressive depth and background, as well as hints of complexities still to emerge with time. The palate is held in place by lithe, muscular tannins, firm and grippy on the finish, and ends with a powerful surge of crisp, pure berry fruit. A beautifully delineated wine, with the hallmark Taylor’s poise and definition and the tantalising promise of pleasures still to come. •




18.5/20 Jancis Robinson ***
A blend of TourigaNacional, TourigaFrancesa, Tinto Cão, TintaRoriz, TintaBarrocafrom Quinta de Vargellas(the ‘backbone’) as well as from Terra Feitaand Junco. TA 4.52 g/l, RS 100 g/l, pH 3.86. 11,500 cases.

Deep purple. Dark-fruited, dusky, smoky, full of blackberry and blueberry fruit. Like a bottomless well of fruit, so deep and smooth. Power and polish to the densely layered but welcoming tannins, the power hidden by the fruit depth. As it opens on the nose, there’s a more wild elderberry character and more chocolate on the finish. Amazing length, the tannins creating a paradoxically dry, savoury finish. Even with all this exceptional fruit, it seems more corseted on the palate than some in this vintage. Fladgate MD Adrian Bridge suggested this wine had an aroma of orange blossom and he is right, but I am not sure I would never have identified it without his prompt. (JH)20%Drink 2030-2067 JancisRobinson.com

98/100 Vinous Neil Martin
The 2017 Taylor's Vintage Port comes from their three quintas: Vargellas, de Terra Feitaand do Junco, picking commencing at Vargellason September 1, the earliest since 1945. Now this boasts a bold and more flamboyant bouquet vis-à-vis the Croft with layers of blackcurrant, blueberries, violet and allspice. Wonderful definition here and as it ratchets up through the gears with aeration manages to maintain impressive delineation. The palate is medium, rather full-bodied. The first impression is one of freshness, completely disguising that summer’s dryness and warmth, a disarming finesse built around the frame of tannins that would have been impossible years ago. It is a silky-smooth Taylor’s, one of the most polished 2017 Vintage Ports with energy and tension flooding through the finish. Aristocratic as ever, totally Taylor’s, yet still translating the growing season with aplomb. Total production is 11,500 cases.--Neal MartinDrinking window: 2030 -2080 Vinous.com

18.5+? Richard Mayson
A blend from predominantly north-facing Quinta de Vargellasin the Douro Superior and QuintasTerrasFeitaand Junco in the Pinhãovalley: lovely ripe mulberry fruit on the nose, floral yet also showing lovely concentration; dense and fleshy initially on the palate, damson fruit, full, ripe, round tannins, rising in the mouth, leading to a big finish: silky-velvety fruit backed by broad fine grained chalky tannins. A peacock’s tail. Already beautifully integrated. 11,500 cases produced (nearly double that of 2016). 18 +?. RichardMayson.com

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