WINEMAKER: David Guimaraens.
Taylor’s Very Old Tawny Port - Kingsman Edition is a very rare Tawny Port of great age matured for almost nine decades in hand-made seasoned oak casks.
To create this exclusive limited edition, Taylor’s agreed to release some rare and valuable wines from its extensive reserves of very old cask-aged Port laying in its cellars in Oporto. These reserves include a small treasury of priceless, historically important wines each representing a very small volume. A few rare gems from this collection, only used in exceptional circumstances, were carefully selected by Taylor’s expert blenders to produce the Kingsman Edition Port.
The individual wines were then meticulously assembled, using Taylor’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.
Presented in a bespoke crystal decanter with gold detailing and a luxurious presentation box, Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Port was created not only for Kingsman devotees but also for connoisseurs and collectors of fine and rare wines around the world. A very limited number of 700 bottles have been produced.
The idea for a rare, Port wine Kingsman edition was born between Taylor’s Port and director Matthew Vaughn; recognising the shared values between Taylor’s and Kingsman: a sense of heritage and tradition, legacy, an obsession with detail and extraordinary product quality. Also, the very British traits of humour, wit, elegance and style.
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’s 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.
TASTING NOTES: 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 flavour. The finish leaves a lingering impression of complex, mellow aroma.