- 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:
A bottle which Miguel Corte-Real advised was showing oxidised. Just short of opaque in the centre, distinctly brown compared to its neighbours on the tasting mat. An attractive nose of stewed apples and redcurrants. Very soft in the mouth, elegant structure although slightly over-dominated by the acidic structure. Lots of fruit in the mouth. Aftertaste starting to show milk chocolate and cherries. A lovely wine - what must this be like from a good bottle?! 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:1994
Declared by everybody
Since the beginning of the vegetative cycle it was a perfect year: Winter with rain, Spring soft but also some rain in May - a very welcome irrigation; hot Summer, but again with some showers at the beginning of September. Slow and perfect maturation of the grapes. Very long fermentation giving good extraction. Harvest season with cool nights helping to develop the aroma.
Super-ripe fleshy fruity. Big, juicy, with a tannic backbone. Slightly closedin this phase, passing through some ‟middle age disturbs”.
After the success of 91-92 declaration, shippers knew that the USA was particularly receptive to Vintage Ports. There are two ways to enjoy vintage port: very young or very old. This wine is middle aged, a difficult time for both people and wines (Miguel CÃ´rte-Real)
Last minute notes
Big, juicy. Full bodied. A good tannic backbone.
Some VA but quite good. 7/10