Cockburn’s Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2004

Cockburn’s always goes for a slightly drier style of port to the other big houses, and the LBV was exactly that.  A very soft nose, and with a dusty, cocoa and leather aroma arriving before the sweet fruit.  The palate was very savoury, with dusty spice, cinnamon bark and dark chocolate dominating the strawberry and bramble.  It is almost as though someone had got a fruit compote, and dusted it with lots of spiced cocoa powder.  As a wine on it’s own, it would be a little trickier to drink because of the savoury elements needing food, but because of that, it actually endeared itself to me more! 86pts (Nov 2009)

Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port

It had a very berry dominated nose, with some caramel aspects coming through, with cloves and aniseed peppered throughout.  The palate was a bit light for my normal tastes, but had a bit of tannin up front which was nice and gave it some guts.  Tobacco flavours came next, with a lot of spice, with it all being rounded up with strawberry and cherry flavoured tobacco. As a basic port, it is not bad. 80pts (Nov 2009)

Cockburn’s Vintage Port, 1977

Bottle 261 out of 1340, recorked by Cockburn’s in 2015.

Released to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the port house, this was a port that was hidden from the bean counters at Cockburn’s in the 1970’s, only to be ‘found’ by the Symingtons when they bought the company in 2006.

Just opened, it is bright with clove rock, strawberries and golden syrup on the nose. Sweet initially on the palate, with smoke, tree bark and then a mid palate alcohol, before a soft, dry, savoury palate. Very nice, no tannin. 89pts

After 10 hours, it is super. Still has a savoury nose, the cloves and strawberry stalks are still there, but are joined with a much more mellow smoke and a bit of cough medicine. The palate is very dried fruit forward, nutmeg, cinnamon and a tiny hint of curry powder comes through. Delicious and enough to nudge it up a point. 90pts (Dec 2016)