“Port producers are comparing 2017 with the legendary 1945 and after recently tasting a few bottles of the more recent vintage, I think the comparison is reasonable.” – James Suckling

Amidst the Bordeaux 2018 campaign, Taylor’s and Symington Family Estates initiated the release of the newly declared 2017 Port vintage – just one year after the release of the 2016s. On average, the 2017s were offered at 6.9% premium to the 2016s.

However, consecutive vintages are a rare and remarkable occurrence. In his recent report on the 2017 Port vintage, James Suckling noted that Symington’s “grape yields were down 20% compared to the 10-year average”.

Having tasted ten Vintage Ports from Symington’s and Quinta do Noval, Suckling also commented that overall the 2017s “show impressive concentration” and “are certainly outstanding quality”. Suckling awarded potential 100 points to all four Symington’s signature wines.

You can find out more about our Port 50 index, tracking the price performance of Dow, Fonseca, Graham, Taylor and Warre, here. You can also read our interview with Paul Symington here.