Vintage Port 2018

Taylor: Vintage Port 2018

Zum Winzer

Touriga Nacional
rot, süss
20,0% Vol.
Trinkreife: 2023–2118
Verpackt in: 6er OHK
seidig & aromatisch
Lobenberg: 100/100
Wine Enthusiast: 98/100
Suckling: 96/100
Wine Spectator: 96/100
Parker: 95/100
Portugal, Douro
Allergene: Sulfite, Abfüllerinformation

Heiner Lobenberg über:
Vintage Port 2018


Lobenberg: Im Prinzip ist das ein Port über den man nicht viele Worte verlieren muss. Er ist perfekt. Er strahlt mit jedem Tropfen Tiefe und Komplexität aus. Er ist purer Samt und dabei so unendlich saftig. Er läuft so geschmeidig über die Zunge. Die Frucht ist Beerenaroma pur, so als ob man direkt hineinbeißt und der Saft den ganzen Mundraum ausfüllt. Mineralität bis zum Abwinken, Tabak, Kirsche und dazu eine Zitrus- und Kräuterfrische, die alles so wahnsinnig gut in Szene setzt und einbindet. Unfassbar gut. Kraftvoll, muskulös und dabei auch noch extrem ausgewogen und in jeder Sekunde von Feinheit und Eleganz geprägt. (Fast) ohne Worte – das ist einfach großer Stoff. 100/100


Wine Enthusiast über: Vintage Port

-- Wine Enthusiast: This is an exceptional vintage, most unusually the third in a row from this producer. Intensely perfumed, richly structured with dark-black fruits, concentrated tannins, it is set for seriously long-term aging. The power of the wine, based around the producer's Quinta da Vargellas, is magnificent. Drink this major Port from 2029. 98/100


Suckling über: Vintage Port

-- Suckling: Very attractive dried fruit with hints of stems and fresh herbs. Violets and dark berries, too. Full-bodied with a dense center palate of fruit and intense, chewy tannins. Yet, there’s polish and refinement to the texture. Relatively dry and precise at the finish. Reminds me of 1980, but with much better polish to it. Wait until at least 2027 to take a look. 96/100


Wine Spectator über: Vintage Port

-- Wine Spectator: Remarkably harmonious already, with a beautiful display of unadulterated blueberry, blackberry and plum sauce flavors that fan out, while anise, ganache and cassis accents fill in. So lush and seductive through the finish, it’s nearly drinkable. But just wait. Best from 2030 through 2050. 7,800 cases made. 96/100


Parker über: Vintage Port

-- Parker: The 2018 Vintage Port is a field blend aged for approximately 18 months in very old and large wooden vats. It comes in with 100 grams of residual sugar. This is the third straight declaration (2016, 2017 and this 2018) of a classic Vintage Port for Taylor's. Of those three, this so far would be my least favorite, but it's close and time will tell. Aromatic and expressive, this adds a big bang for a finish that reminds you that it is, indeed, Taylor's. After opening it on the first day tasted, it tightened fast and showed the structure I like to see in serious Ports. It has that classic flavor profile as well and shows fine concentration. Even 48 hours later it had no problem showing off a little muscle, even though it drank decently at that point. The fruit is expressive, as noted, but it is still a bit closed just now. I am not sure this is a truly great Taylor's, but it is a very good one. In the Fladgate Partnership lineup this issue, it is probably the most complete wine. The Croft is the sexy steal with utterly delicious fruit, but Taylor's has better structure. The Fonseca has fine structure, but the fruit seems today to be a step behind the Taylor and the Croft in expressiveness. This seems likely to be the best of the Fladgate trio as the years and decades wear on, even though the Croft is the most interesting today. The price references a full bottle, although this was tasted from a half bottle. 95/100

Mein Winzer


Egal ob man vom 1945er, 1979er, 1977er oder vom 1994er oder 1997er spricht, immer gehört der Vintage Port dieses bekanntesten Shippers zu den Top-Five, eine höchst bemerkenswerte Kontinuität auf höchstem Niveau!