On Thursday 13 April, we have our auction of Fine and Rare Wine and Spirits. The auction features a fantastic selection of Port (Lots 23-44). Particular highlights are an assortment of bottles of 1945 Taylors (Lots 26-30). Here Mark Robertson, Senior Wine Consultant at Dreweatts, tells us more about this vintage.
I remember well the first (and last) time I tried 1945 Taylor's Vintage Port. It was with an American friend who described the wine as “Now Mark, that is some f****g good juice”. It was not just the quality, but an expletive from a devout Christian and a very rare outburst of emotion about wine from a man who owned one of the UK ‘s great cellars.
It has been said that America and Great Britain are separated by a common language - never has this been epitomised more clearly after reading what Michael Broadbent MW also had to say:
"From the amazing 1945 vintage, Taylor reputed from the start to be head and shoulders the best '45. A big strapping wine, totally unready in the mid 1960's, with magnificent depth and concentration in the late 1970s. Fairly consistent notes through the 1980s including plummy colour, sublime bouquet, laden with fruit and alcohol. Lovely colour; restrained but harmonious bouquet; sweet, perfect flavour, nutty, intense, great length, at Taylor's tercentenary tasting in 1991. (I recall much debate, the majority of tasters, including Jancis Robinson, Len Evans and Hugh Johnson, preferring the' 45, I personally thought the' 48 had the edge.) Then a memorable bottle at the 50th anniversary '1945 Vintage Dinner' hosted by Sir Christopher Mallaby, at the Embassy in Paris in December 1995. I noted 'powerful, assertive, years of life, impressive."
Remaining supportive, but neutral in the 2nd world War, Portugal and their 1945 wines perhaps do not pack the emotional punch that Bordeaux does, but that important year, not only celebratory and a benchmark for Europe, is a combination of rarity, historical significance and quality thus making this unique parcel of eleven bottles all the more special.
The condition appears to be incredible - with all levels just into the neck. Estate bottled, the wines have been owned by an avid oenophile for many years and stored in Octavian. I have divided the eleven bottles across five lots in order to give multiple buyers the chance to own and taste this wine. They are available for inspection at LCB, Eton Park.
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