Taylor Fladgate Vintage Porto 2003

$159.99

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Alcohol: 20.5%

Grape(s): Port Blend

Localization: Douro, Portugal

Tasting Notes: A lovely ashy note to this, dry with a lifted floral character and that lovely hint of volatility that sits so well. Sweet and so juicy on the palate, the rush of sweet cherry fruit and acidity, backed up by the more chocolate and earthy notes, long and spicy tobacco-like, the fruity extract persisting. An approximate bottle price is given: most retailers at the time of review are offering this by the case.

98 Points - Flagstaff (Germany)

98 Points - Robert Parker

97 Points - Wine Enthusiast

96 Points - Wine and Spirits

95 Points - Tom Cannavan

Food pairing: Pairs well with chocolate and caramel.

The Domain: Taylor Fladgate is one of the most important Port houses in the Douro. It is notable for its wide range of traditional ports, from vintage expressions to tawny ports of various ages, but mostly for its creation of the Late Bottled Vintage, or LBV, style.

The company got its start in 1692 when English wine merchant Job Bearsley arrived in Portugal, although it would be many years and owners before it came to be known as Taylor's. Bearsley initially traded in red Portuguese wine from the northwest of the country, and in 1744, under his grandson Bartholomew, the company became the first British wine merchant to buy a property in the Douro.

Taylor's changed hands often during the 19th and 20th centuries, coming under the control of both Joseph Taylor and John Fladgate, who gave the company its name. Taylor's survived a rebuild after phylloxera hit at the end of the 19th Century and the two World Wars. It came to the Yeatman family at the beginning of the 20th Century, and they have been the proprietors since.

In the 1960s, Alistair Robertson took the reins and began to focus on finding new markets in Asia and North America, rather than just relying on Britain. He also created the first Late Bottled Vintage Port, which has since become a mainstay of the industry. It was first released with the 1970 vintage and was an instant success.

Unlike many other houses, which include a range of dry red wines in their portfolios, Taylor's only makes Port. The portfolio includes a series of the bottle- and wood-aged Ports including vintage, LBV, single-harvest, single-estate and white Port.