Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2015

Taylor Fladgate

Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2015

Region: Portugal / Douro Valley Porto
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca

Taylor Fladgate were pioneers of the LBV category, developed to satisfy the demand for a high quality ready-to-drink alternative to vintage port for everyday consumption. Unlike vintage port, which is bottled after only two years in wood and ages in bottle, LBV is bottled after four to six years and is ready to drink when bottled. Taylor Fladgate continues to lead the LBV category of port worldwide, in spite of the fact that many other shippers now also produce an LBV. The wines used to blend Taylor Fladgate LBV were drawn from a reserve of some of the best full bodied red ports from grapes grown on Taylor Fladgate owned vineyards and on other top properties in the Cima Corgo and Douro Superior areas.

92 Points

Wine Spectator

2015 vintage
91 Points

Wine & Spirits

2015 vintage
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harvest note

The winter period was extremely dry and the rainfall during the growing season was also well below average, The temperatures between April and June were higher than normal. Véraison came particularly early in 2015 across the Douro region, starting in the week of the 29th June, and set the scene for what was to be an early harvest. August weather conditions were much milder, without any heatwaves, and the bunches were very well preserved. Picking started between the 7th - 12th of September, with warm days and cool nights allowing for good long fermentations. Harvest continued to make very fine Ports right up to the end of the harvest on the 3rd October.

tasting note

Deep ruby-black core and narrow red rim with purple highlights. The nose displays very fine, complex red and black berry fruit aromas. Ripe strawberry notes and discreet leafy, herbal scents with powerful dark brambly woodland fruit and blackcurrant jam. The palate has mouth filling tannins providing both structure and body. Luscious berry fruit flavors linger into the long finish.

food pairing

Excellent with fully flavored cheeses, especially blue cheeses such as Stilton or Roquefort. It is also delicious with desserts made with chocolate or berry fruits.

technical data

GRAPES: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
APPELLATION: Douro Valley Porto
PH: 3.66
ACIDITY: 4.2 g/l
ABV: 20%
AGING: Aged for 2 years in large, conditioned French oak vats before bottling. Will continue to age in bottle for decades.

points of distinction

  • A Late Bottled Vintage Porto from the inventor of the category
  • LBV offer the characteristics of Vintage Port but with no bottle aging required
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“As the inventors of the late bottled vintage category, I believe it is important for us to set very high standards for this excellent Port.”

– Adrian Bridge, CEO

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