In  2008  Taylor Fladgate's  Head winemaker,  David  Guimaraens,  became aware of  the existence of a...

Limited EditionsScion

In  2008  Taylor Fladgate's  Head winemaker,  David  Guimaraens,  became aware of  the existence of a very old and rare cask aged port, dating from the period before Phylloxera arrived in the Douro Valley and destroyed most of its vineyards.  The wine, over 150 years in age, belonged to a distinguished Douro family and was stored in a wine lodge in the village of Prezegueda in  the Corgo  Valley. A treasured heirloom, the wine had been passed down from one generation to the next and attempts to persuade the family to part with it had been unsuccessful.

In  2009,  the  sole  surviving  descendant  of  the  family  died  leaving  no children.  Her heirs, not all of whom were family members, decided to sell the two casks of this unique and historically important wine.  Taylor Fladgate acquired  samples  and,  amazingly  in  view  of  its  age,  found  that  it  was not only in faultless condition but of superb quality.  The purchase was successfully negotiated and the two casks were moved to the firm’s lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia on 13th January, 2010.

Under normal circumstances a very old wood age port like this would have been incorporated into the firm’s aged tawny reserves, in this case into the 40 year old tawny blend.  However, in view of its quality, rarity and historical  interest,  Taylor Fladgate's  CEO,  Adrian  Bridge,  decided  that  it  should not be blended but should be made available as a unique collector’s item. In the autumn of 2010, the wine was launched as a very limited edition, under the name of Scion.  Scion is one of the oldest and rarest aged tawny ports ever sold and one of very few pre-Phylloxera wines from any vineyard region to reach us in perfect condition.

Scion Port Site

Scion Port Site (Chinese)

 

 

TASTING NOTES

A halo of pale amber adorned with subtle olive highlights surrounds a core of deep mahogany. The wine envelops the nose with a sublime and heady fusion of opulent and seductive aroma. A rich dark redolence of molasses and fig is overlaid with complex notes of roasted coffee, cigar leaf, black pepper and cedar combined with a subtle nuttiness and the discrete scent of fine oak wood. Concentrated to a magical quintessence, the wine wraps the palate in a dense and sumptuous coat of luscious flavor interwoven with a crisp and vibrant acidity. Rich mellow flavor of astonishing intensity persists into the endless finish. This wine resonates like a stentorian voice calling down the centuries in a language no longer spoken in the world of wine.

ACCOLADES

We finished with a very unique tawny, one of those jaw-dropping moment when you thank God you quit that insurance job all those years ago. Adrian...

Rating: 100
Neil Martin

Truly remarkable for having kept so well in wood for over a century-and-a-half. The piece de resistance of this tasting (and perhaps the raison...

Richard Mayson

Pre phylloxera Port fetches thousands. Scion, a “perfect condition” Port dating back to 1855, will be released by Taylor’s in December...

Jane Parkinson, Drinks Business

Taylor’s releases £2,500 Port. A pre-phylloxera tawny port with more than 150 years of cask age has been released by Taylor’s with a price...

Richard Woodard, decanter.com

Wow! It truly is an incredible experience. Truly exceptional.

Rating: 19,5
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