This is the tasting that spurred me into setting up my own website, a once in a lifetime event that wasn’t taken up widely by the UK press. Held at the Factory House in Oporto, we tasted a century of Vintage Port from two great houses, Taylor and Croft. These wines are some of the most thrilling I have ever tasted and I am very grateful to Adrian Bridge and David Guimaraens of the Fladgate Partnership for laying on this extraordinary tasting.
Vintage Port Notes November 2007
Croft, one of the oldest and most distinguished names in the Port trade, has had a chequered history in recent years. In 1911 the company was taken over by Gilbey Vintners which in turn became part of International Distillers and Vintners (IDV) then Diageo. The company suffered in this corporate merry-go-round, reflected in the quality of Croft vintage Ports, post-1970. The company’s reputation as a producer of some of the finest vintage Ports was largely squandered in the 1980s, especially the 1982 vintage which was not worthy of the name.