- Review of the evening as a whole;
- 189? Unknown, thought to be Taylor;
- 1908 Cockburn;
- 1912 Cockburn;
- 1924 Unknown;
- 1927 Cockburn;
- 1935 Cockburn (served to left side of table);
- 1935 Cockburn (served to right side of table);
- 1947 Cockburn;
- 1950 Cockburn;
- 1955 Cockburn;
- 1960 Cockburn;
- 1963 Cockburn;
- 1967 Cockburn;
- 1970 Cockburn;
- 1975 Cockburn;
- 1977 Cockburn (unofficial bottling);
- 1983 Cockburn;
- 1985 Cockburn;
- 1991 Cockburn;
- 1994 Cockburn;
- 1997 Cockburn;
- 2000 Cockburn;
- 2003 Cockburn;
- 2007 Cockburn cask sample (Touriga Nacional);
- 2007 Cockburn cask sample (Touriga Franca);
- Planning and arrangements;
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Part of the large vertical of Cockburn which was held in The Crusting Pipe on Wednesday 8th October 2008. Links:
JDAW says I said "musty" but for some reason I elaborated when I noted "slight mustyness". In the mouth I noted "thick, hot with mint on the end."
"The first duty of Port is to be red"
Ernest H. Cockburn
Ernest H. Cockburn
Deep red in colour, slightly harsh smelling but in a fruity way - think of sour cherries. Very neutral entry, but with lots of red licorice and Bassets All Sorts. Lots of aeration in the mouth releases heat and a spicy white pepper. With continued work, this port opens up and becomes more fruity. Fairly short length. Disappointing for the vintage's reputation. 88/100.
Miguel CÃ´rte-Real sent AHB some of his own notes on the various vintages, some obviously drafted in advance, some from the day itself.
Miguel CÃ´rte-Real wrote:1927
Also generically declared (declared by all the top houses). It was our biggest declaration ever (30,000 cases!). Shipped to the UK in '29, coincided with the Great Depression, and the London merchants had some difficulty in selling it; some might have been used in normal port blends.
It was a big crop and a late harvest, which might mean that the weather during the vegetative cycle had been cool. But the grapes were ripe and the lagares stood a good deal of work (E Cockburn 1950)
Considered one of the best of the century was always described as a great vintage but not with much body. It is now a delicate vintage but still retaining liquorice-like intensity of a really old fine Vintage Port.
It's a sexy elegant wine with silky tannins.
Very fruity and complex, with syrupy caramel and fennel flavours and a citrus and walnut skin finish. Silky and on the delicate side. (L. Murphy)
Last minute notes
Chocolate and honey.
Slightly cloudy. 8.5/10