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2018 Taylors, Fonseca Guimaraens & Croft Roeda 2018 Declaration Offer

On 23rd April, Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft Ports – all members of The Fladgate Partnership - have, by
tradition, announced whether they will release a Vintage Port and, if so, which wines they will bottle. The
harvest of 2018 produced an unusual situation and on St Georges Day last year, Taylor’s declared a ‘Classic
Vintage’, something that neither Fonseca or Croft did. Bottled last year, the 2018 Ports are now available to
Commenting on the decision in 2020, Taylor’s managing director, Adrian Bridge said, “This is a year in which
overall conditions were excellent but exceptional in the Douro Superior. As Taylor’s is the only one of our
companies with extensive land holdings in this part of the Douro, it has been able to make a Classic. All our
properties are always farmed so that every grape has the potential of being made into Vintage Port.”
Head winemaker, David Guimaraens, added: “The Douro Superior enjoyed the combination of abundant
ground water and hot summer weather which often produces great Vintage Port. It has given us the
excellent phenolic maturity typical of a hot ripening season but the fine multi-layered fruit, fresh acidity we
normally see in cooler years.”
Adrian resumed, “Although a Classic declaration normally only happens about three times a decade, the
exceptional run of years has meant that Taylor’s is able to make a third in a row. This is very unusual but
our principle is that we only declare a Classic Vintage when the quality is there and this is dictated by the
year, not by any other consideration”


Croft 'Quinta de Roeda' 2018


“The 2018 Quinta da Roeda Vintage Port has an intense nose of black fruit mixed with raisin, fig, cloves and a touch of boot polish. The palate is well balanced with quite a strict, terse opening, very spicy with black pepper, cloves (again) and bay leaf. Broody at first but opening with time to reveal a very attractive and complex, structured finish with hints of tobacco and smoke. This is a lovely nascent Quinta da Roeda. Drinking window: 2030 - 2065.” Neal Martin 93/100

“Ripe and expressive, this delicious single-quinta Porto also has fine concentration and some pop on the finish. Indeed, as this sits and airs out, it proves it has a real backbone. Two days later, it was pretty tight. This is more about fruit than structure, though, and this sexy, nuanced and succulent Port is going to be hard to resist as it ages. Likely to be accessible on the younger side, it should still hold very well. For the moment— and young Ports do change notably as they age—this would be my favorite of the trio. Drinking window: 2027 - 2060.” Robert Parker 94/100

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Buy now Case Qty: 6 Under Bond Case Price: £88.00 (£14.67 per bottle)

Croft 'Quinta de Roeda' 2018 Halves


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Fonseca Guimaraens 2018


“The 2018 Guimaraens Vintage Port...has a rich and opulent bouquet with black cherries, stewed figs and dates. The palate is sweet and fleshy on the entry with black fruit, tar, desiccated orange peel, Xmas cake and juniper berries. I admire the
harmony of this Vintage Port. The firm structure only becomes apparent towards the finish. Wonderful length on the aftertaste, the mouth stained with Port for 60 seconds after. Excellent.
Drinking window: 2030 - 2065.” Neal Martin 95/100

“Blackish crimson. High toned and alluring on the nose. Quite a bit of structure and something suggestive of fireworks. This is the business for a vintage port! The sort of wine that would probably have qualified as a full-blooded Fonseca vintage port a few decades ago. Peppery and fiery and yet the tannins are subsumed under the fruit. We’re having steak tonight and I am tempted to drink this with it. 20%. Drink 2030-2050.” Jancis
Robinson 17.5

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Buy now Case Qty: 6 Under Bond Case Price: £121.00 (£20.17 per bottle)

Fonseca Guimaraens 2018 Magnums


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Taylor's Vintage Port 2018


“It has a classy, aristocratic bouquet, a signature note apropos Taylor’s Vintage: dense black fruit with touches of melted tar, cloves and white pepper. This just builds and builds in the glass.The palate is very harmonious with fine tannins, perfect acidity and very pure with a gentle, almost caressing second half. White pepper interlaces the black fruit with a very precise finish. Pure class.”
Drinking window: 2032 – 2075 - Neal Martin 97/100.

“Blackish crimson. Neat-looking. Pepper and herbs on the nose – almost makes you want to sneeze. And again the voluptuous fruit almost kids you that you could drink this now but instead there is a massive charge of fine tannin underneath. This is definitely not for sipping now but is a monument for the future. Rather dry and refined as opposed to opulent. (Go to Fonseca
Guimaraens for opulence.) Very long, dry and savoury overall within the vintage port canon. Drink 2035-2060.” Jancis Robinson 17.5++

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Buy now Case Qty: 6 Under Bond Case Price: £345.00 (£57.50 per bottle)

Taylor's Vintage Port Magnum 2018


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Buy now Case Qty: 3 Under Bond Case Price: £350.00 (£116.67 per bottle)

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