A period spy drama set at the outbreak of the Great War and a port wine that’s been maturing for 90 years or so might strike you as an unusual collaboration, but Taylor’s is sure that its Kingsman Edition port will excite you as much as the film will.
Taylor’s has teamed up with filmmaker Matthew Vaughn to launch a rare Port wine, Taylor’s Very Old Tawny Port – Kingsman Edition.
This unique blend was created to celebrate upcoming film The King’s Man – a prequel to the popular Kingsman film series, due for release on 12 February 2021. The collaboration between Taylor’s and Vaughn is based on what they see as shared values between Taylor’s and Kingsman; a sense of heritage, tradition and extraordinary product quality with the very British traits of humour, elegance and style.
“I am delighted by Taylor’s association with Matthew Vaughn’s latest Kingsman film, The King’s Man, with the release of a very rare Kingsman Edition Port,” explained Taylor’s managing director, Adrian Bridge. “Taylor’s embodies many of the values portrayed in the Kingsman universe, including a respect for heritage and craftsmanship and a quintessentially British sense of style and flair.”
Set in the early 1900s, the era portrayed in The King’s Man saw Port wine occupy a special place in British society. It had become firmly established as one of the finest of all wines, surrounded by a sense of ritual and a degree of reverence.
During the Great War, large quantities of Port were shipped to the British and French armies stationed at the front. 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.
“Our blenders have used their skill and expertise to create a unique blend matured for almost nine decades in seasoned oak casks and displaying the multi-layered complexity which only Port can achieve,” added Bridge. “This Taylor’s Limited Edition Port will not only appeal to Kingsman devotees, it is also an exceptional Port of great age which will grace the cellars of collectors and connoisseurs of fine and rare wines.”
To create this edition, Taylor’s expert blenders carefully selected some rare and valuable wines from its extensive reserves of very old cask aged Port lying in its cellars. The individual wines were then meticulously assembled 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.
With an average age of 90 years, this peerless wine has achieved a magical complexity during its long ageing in cask.
Some of the rare wines used in the blend were made in the 1930s under the shadow of the Great Depression. Significantly, they were produced from vines replanted after pests had devastated many of the finest vineyards of the Douro Valley in the 1870s. Like western civilisation emerging from the devastation of the Great War, this immortal wine symbolises the recovery of the Douro vineyards from the greatest scourge ever to hit the world of wine.
Presented in a bespoke 50cl crystal decanter with gold detailing and a luxurious presentation box, Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Port will appeal to connoisseurs and collectors of fine and rare wines around the world, and maybe even a few Kingsman fans.
Just 700 bottles will be available from December 2020 with a recommended price of £2,950.
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