Taylor-Fladgate Very Old Tawny “Kingsman Edition”

$4000.00 USD

Please allow extra time for this limited-quantity wine to be hand-picked and packed from our secure, temperature-controlled cellar.

About the wine

REGION: Portugal | Oporto
PH: n/a
ABV: 20%
AGING: Several months in cask.
The wine is seductive and intense, displaying multiple dimensions of opulent aroma. It opens with a rich confection of molasses and butterscotch, with notes of almond and dried fig, followed by a complex spicy redolence of vanilla, black pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. Discreet scents of cedar and balsam emerge fleetingly in the background.

The first impression on the palate is of a smooth, velvety texture and impressive volume and density. On the mid palate, a crisp, vibrant acidity emerges. Flowing through the palate is an undercurrent of rich, intense, concentrated butterscotch flavor. The finish leaves a lingering impression of complex, mellow aroma.
Best enjoyed alone, with a cigar, or with the highest quality chocolate.
The individual wines from 9 decades of reserves were meticulously assembled, using Taylor Fladgate’s heritage of experience in the art of blending, and then left to marry together for several months in cask until the blend was judged to have reached its peak of balance and harmony.
Enjoyable now, keep forever.

What The Critics Say...

Robert Parker The Wine Advocate 95 point rating

DRINK DATE: 2021 – 2050

The NV Very Old Tawny Port Kingsman Edition is a field blend bottled in 2020 with an average time in barrel of 90 years. It has 206 grams of residual sugar and a bar-top cork. As always, old Tawnies are simply a joy to just smell, but that’s nowhere near the best part here. Unctuous in texture and very concentrated, this still manages to be rather elegant, with some brightness and lift to the fruit to go with the power on the finish. It does show its age a bit on opening, but it held perfectly for the relatively short time I had with it. The finish is more dark molasses than caramel, as befits a very old and aging Tawny. The key here, though, is the combination of brightness with the unctuous and almost creamy texture. The two make an enchanting combination that leads to a long, lively and tasty finish. This is pretty fine, and you would expect nothing less from a special presentation by Taylor’s. The winery’s website mentions a touch of British humor regarding this bottling (and its connection to the Kingsman film series), but there’s nothing funny about this. It’s pretty serious stuff.

The end-date drinking window is just a suggestion, and usually an afterthought, as few bother to hold old Tawnies very long. It doesn’t need aging and they tend to last a very long time, barring cork problems. This comes in a special presentation, as these rare Tawnies usually do. The package includes “a bespoke crystal decanter with gold detailing and a luxurious presentation box.” There were just 700 bottles produced.

The winery says that the “idea for a rare, Port wine Kingsman edition was born between Taylor Fladgate Port and director Matthew Vaughn” of the Kingsman film series. Vaughn assures us with a touch of what the winery calls British humor that a “true Kingsman will never forget to pass the Port to his left, but this Taylor-made Port will certainly test his resolve.”

— Mark Squires, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

The History

In the era portrayed in The King’s Man, Port Wine occupied a special place. By the time of the Great War, Port had become firmly established in British society as one of the finest of all wines, surrounded by ritual and a degree of reverence. It was not only in Britain that Port was held in high esteem. For example, it was the favourite wine of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia.

As an army officer and member of the aristocracy, the Duke of Oxford, played in The King’s Man by Ralph Fiennes, would have been very familiar with Port. During the Great War, large quantities of Port were shipped to the British and French armies stationed at the front.

During the conflict, thousands of cases of Taylor Fladgate Port were supplied to the British Army Canteens. The British government considered Port so essential for soldiers’ morale that it sometimes threatened to commandeer shipments and divert them to the army to avoid shortages.

Taylor Fladgate port house among the vineyards. Second photo four men behind barrels of port wine
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