James Suckling Uncorked

Vintage Port Epilogue

Posted: 09:39 AM ET, May 08, 2009

I drank a glass of 1994 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port last night in London, back from my trip to Portugal to taste the newly declared 2007 Vintage Ports, while smoking a La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos Regional Edition cigar. We were sitting outside on the terrace of a friend’s house in Chelsea.

The ’94 Taylor was full-bodied, with rich yet velvety tannins and a long raspberry, plum and violet aftertaste. It was very beautiful. But it struck me as still very young. It was a Vintage Port that was neither mature nor young. It was in a state of limbo. I would give it another five or six years of bottle age at least.

Port is one of the most commercial wines there is but I still love drinking it. I had a friend from Portugal who told me every family in Portugal has at least one bottle of port in the house in case a guest requests but no Portugese drinks it EVER!

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