AI Issue 7 2017

Acquisition International - July 2017 51 Taylor’s Port: Celebrating 325 Years of History on the High Seas To produce this exclusive limited edition blend, our winemakers have drawn on Taylor’s extensive reserves of old cask-aged Ports and selected individual component wines originally set aside for the company’s 10, 20, 30 and 40 Year Old Tawnies. David Guimaraens, Taylor’s winemaker, comments: “This opulent and seductive aged tawny is a fitting tribute to Taylor’s 325th anniversary and to the firm’s expertise in ageing and blending the finest cask aged ports.” This Port pairs particularly well with toasted almonds or dark chocolate, as well as being an excellent accompaniment to mature blue cheeses, preferably served slightly chilled. This highly collectable limited edition to commemorate Taylor’s 325th anniversary will be available at good wine merchants. About Taylor’s Since its foundation in 1692, Taylor has been dedicated to making the finest Port. The house remains entirely focused on Port production and specialised in its premium styles. Unlike most other producers, it does not market any other wine. Based in Oporto and the Douro Valley the company is closely involved in all stages of the production of its Ports, from the planting of the vineyard and the cultivation of the grapes to the making, ageing, blending and bottling of the wines. For many, Taylor’s is the archetypal Port house and its wines the quintessential Ports. Above all, Taylor’s is regarded as the benchmark for Vintage Port. Noted for their elegance and poise as well as for their restrained power and longevity, Taylor’s Vintage Ports are blended from the finest wines of the firm’s own quintas or estates, Vargellas, Terra Feita and Junco. These three iconic properties, each occupying a distinct geographic location and with their own unique character, are the cornerstone of the company’s success and the main source of its unique and inimitable house style. As an independent company whose success is inseparable from that of the Douro Valley, Taylor remains committed to protecting this beautiful region by practising viticulture which is economically and environmentally sustainable. The future of the Douro Valley and its unique environment is also the future of Port, one of the world’s great classic wines and an irreplaceable part of human heritage.