- 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:
1970 Cockburn: Strawberry pink-red, nosing of “large red cherry† — the size adjective referring to the quantity of aroma, not the size of the cherries. To taste lovely full rounded cherry and red fruit; though fading to a medium weight at the end.
Quite dark red. Floral nose. A little heat in the mouth with chocolate and a long finish. I noted this as being my 2nd favourite wine of the afternoon flight.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"
Ernest H. Cockburn
Ernest H. Cockburn
Clear centre but deep in colour, holding into the rim. A touch of VA on the nose. In the mouth this is warm and rich, with lots of ripe and sweet redcurrant fruit. Very full and mouthfilling and with a good body structure. Powerful development in the mouth with tannins still showing through. The aftertaste is long and dominated by fruit, going through two or three flavour phases. Very impressive. 90/100.
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:1970
Declared by everybody with the exception of Ramos Pinto. It was the last vintage to be bottled in both Gaia and in the UK so there are some variations from bottle to bottle
The weather was perfect but very hot at the start of the harvest, producing some raisined grapes and making the wines very ripe.
A soft, velvety, well-balanced wine. Not at all a full-bodied wine, but its quite rich and well developed. It's ready to drink.
Medium-bodied, ripe cherry flavours. Very well balanced. Elegant and soft.
Deep blackberry and black cherry on the nose and similar flavours with plum and black pepper (L. Murphy)
Last minute notes
Another good example of a well ‟educated” vintage. Has everything but it's hot!!