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Published:  23 July, 2008

The two major Port houses, the Fladgate Partnership and the Symington Family Port Companies, have declared the 2000 vintage for all their major brands. Fladgate, the new name for the recently-expanded Taylor Fonseca Group, has included Croft and Delaforce, bought from Diageo last autumn, along with Taylor's and Fonseca. Symington has declared for Dow's, Graham's, Warre's and Quinta do Vesuvio. At a tutored tasting of the Fladgate vintage Ports 1966-2000, held at Christie's in London on St George's Day, Fladgate MD Adrian Bridge said prices would be between 7-10% higher than the 1997 vintage. Bridge said that he expected Taylor's and Fonseca to sell within the 40-45 price bracket, with Croft at 35-37, Delaforce 31-35 and Skeffington around 28 a bottle. Paul Symington, joint MD, Graham's, Dow's and Warre's, said: We will be increasing our prices for the 2000 Vintage Ports by about 8 to 9% on the opening price of the 1997 Vintage Ports. We estimate that the 2000 Graham's will retail at around 40-43 per bottle, with the Warre's and Dow's at around 38-40. 2000 is an excellent year, but the quantity we have available is less than in 1997,' added Symington.