Richard Mayson

Richard Mayson

Richard Mayson began his career working for The Wine Society, winning the Vintner’s Company Scholarship in 1987 during his time there. Now specialising in the wines of Iberia, especially fortified wines, he owns a vineyard and produces wine in the Alto Alentejo, Portugal, and is the author of four books, including The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal (winner of the André Simon Award 2003) and Port and the Douro. Mayson writes regularly for Decanter and The World of Fine Wine, contributes to the Oxford Companion to Wine and lectures for the WSET diploma and Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London. In 1999, he was made a Cavaleiro of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto in recognition of his services to the Port wine trade, and he was an associate editor of Oz Clarke’s Wine Atlas. Mayson runs his own website for fortified wine enthusiasts, portandmadeirapages.com, is currently writing a book on the wines of Madeira.

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Understanding Tawny Port

Find out the key elements to understanding tawny Port – Richard Mayson talks ageing, careful selection and finely-tuned blending...

Top 10 Tawny Ports

It's time to start thinking about festive fortifieds...

Graham's, The Tawny, Port

The colour of a Victoria plum. Rich, heady aromas of fresh figs and raisins with soft yet spicy glacé...

Dalva, Colheita, Port 1995

A touch of torrefaction lends a full, savoury character to the nose and palate. It’s still very fresh and rich on the mid-palate...

Cálem, 20 Year Old, Tawny Port

Fragrant and fresh with a touch of spice and vanilla on the nose. Soft, creamy, textured palate combining the depth of age...

Kopke, Colheita, Tawny Port 1996

With the benefit of 20 years in wood, this suave colheita has a pale tawny hue, subdued but classic Christmas cake perfume...

Sandeman, 10 Year Old, Tawny Port

Brick-red at the centre with a distinct amber-tawny rim. Gentle and fresh aromas with a soft, sweet, suave fruit palate...

Tawny Port Style Guide

Expert Richard Mayson helps guide you through the maze of tawny Port classifications, explaining each of the age indications and the Reserve terminology in his definitive tawny Port style guide...

Madeira

10 Madeira wines for Christmas If ever there was a wine to take to a desert island, it is Madeira. This is not because Madeira is an island (and it…

Fonseca port

Since David Guimaraens joined the Fonseca Port family business in 1990 there has been a minor revolution in the winemaking. See Richard Mayson’s benchmark Fonseca Ports below In the 1990s,…

Vintage Port

Vintage Port The pinnacle of the Port pyramid: many shippers have built (and occasionally destroyed) their international reputation on the back of vintage Port. The skill in making a great…

Warre's, Otima, 10 Year Old Tawny NV

Gentle dried fruit with an attractive toasty, savoury character. Rich and suave with caramelised orange peel incisiveness combining freshness with the complexity of age...

Sandeman, 30 Year Old Tawny NV

Sandeman is a regular Decanter World Wine Awards Gold- and Trophy-winner for its supremely refined tawnies. This has lovely lifted aromas and flavours of chocolate- covered sultanas and orange peel...

Ramos Pinto, Late Bottled Vintage 2009

Ripe nose yet showing attractive restraint, with a touch of lavender; rich and full of deep and dark sensuous fruit with lovely freshness and firm, ripe tannins giving good grip...

With the onset of winter and various festive celebrations looming, now's the time most wine lovers turn their attention to Port. But it's not just a wine for Christmas, says…

DWWA Reguional Trophy

Find out who won the regional trophy for over £10. And the winner is...

DWWA Reguional Trophy

Find out who won the regional trophy for over £10

Madeira – the guide

A trip to Madeira is a trip back in history, to an island colonised by the Portuguese in 1420, and a favourite destination of Sir Winston Churchill. RICHARD MAYSON is

A Portuguese swansong

In his last Decanter article on Portuguese wine, Richard Mayson looks back over 26 years in the trade and picks his favourite producers of yesteryear, today – and tomorrow

Port 2003: vintage report

2003 has been declared a vintage by all the major the Port houses - and the wines look well-structured and certainly long-lived.