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Borges

Sociedade dos Vinhos Borges, S.A

Founded 1884
Owner José Maria Vieira, SA (JMV Group)
Vineyards Quinta da Soalheira

The Sociedade dos Vinhas Borges was founded in Porto in 1884 by two brothers, António and Francisco Nunes Borges. Trading initially under the name of António Nunes Borges & Irmão, later in 1918 abbreviated to Borges & Irmão, the company's activities ran from wines to tobacco, matches and foreign currency and founded Banco Borges & Irmao in 1937. Between 1892 and 1895 the brothers began to devote more attention to the wine side of the business, because the export trade in table wines was developing well, particularly to Brazil. 1907 was a very special year for the company and expanding the wine side of their business. At the turn of the century the Company acquired two large Quintas in the Alto Douro (Quinta da Soalheira in 1904 on the edge of Torto River and Quinta do Junco in 1907 near Pinhão), both already producing wines of remarkable high quality.

In 1998 José Maria Vieira, SA (JMV Group) acquired Sociedade dos Vinhos Borges. Taylor’s bought Quinta do Junco and Quinta da Casa Nova.

Borges Vintages:1908, 1914, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2015
Quinta do Junco Vintages:1908, 1920 (Borges), 1922, 1935, 1958, 1960, 1977, 1980, 1995
Quinta da Soalheira Vintages:1900, 1917, 1918, 1920
Quinta do Roncao Vintages:1963

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1955
ColourTerrible colour. Turbid and looks like dirty water.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, burned chocolate, burned candy, orange peelScore range12.40 - 12.40
TasteMedium body. Rather tasty but terrible to look at. Burned candy in taste. Taste old and as an old colheita. Astonishing but rather attractive finishAverage score
Last tasted3rd April 2015Point this date12.40
CommentAt home with the family.
This bottle seems not to be a vintage even if the label says so. It smells and taste as a Colheita and the cork was from Borges but said 1980. Something is wrong with this bottle.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1958
ColourStill rather dark but beautiful, amber and mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetToffee, butterscotch, fudge, roasted coffee beans, cacao, some Christmas raisin and candy in the noseScore range16.90 - 16.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking but balanced with some acidity and some old sweetness. A lovely port easy to drink and enjoy now! Complex and with a long and attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted17th November 2016Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Semi-Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle was from Anders G. Åkesson’s Private Collection.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1960
ColourBeautiful, mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCrème caramel, ginger, candy, toffee and s lot more in the nose.Score range17.00 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Very elegant and tasty with ginger, cream candy and toffee in taste. Balanced and complex port with a long, attractive and lovely finish. Just enjoy it and drink it if you have any bottles leftAverage score
Last tasted5th January 2016Point this date17.00
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1963
ColourYellow mature almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetBurned sugar, cream candy, figs, cinnamon, cacao and roasted coffee in the nose.Score range15.25 - 16.50
TasteAlmost medium body. Very mature and even maybe a little old. Burned sugar and cinnamon in taste. Easy to drink and like with a quite short but elegant finish.Average score16.09
Last tasted21st November 2013Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdals Private Collection.

In 2005 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1970
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetElegant and complex bouquet of old grocery shop, cinnamon and ginger.Score range15.00 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Burned sugar in flavour. Elegant and nice finish. Attractive port.Average score15.35
Last tasted13th November 2008Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection. *The last bottle was defect according to me. The notes are from 3 November 2003.

In 2008 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1978
ColourStill fairly dark with a yellow rim.Number of tastings1
BouquetNot impressive but light and delicate bouquet mostly of dried fruit.Score range
TasteMedium body. Rather mature. Still nice acidity and soft tannin but short finish. Not impressive.Average score
Last tasted7th August 1991Point this date14.90
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1979
ColourYellow, mature almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetNot so intensive bouquet and maybe not quite clean? Ether, old hospital and some pharmacy in the nose.Score range14.40 - 15.40
TasteMedium body. Some orange in the taste. Mature but not so tasty and balanced. Quite long but maybe not attractive finishAverage score14.82
Last tasted28th February 2013Point this date15.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Semi-Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection.

In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1980
ColourYellow mature colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBlackberry in the nose.Score range
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Elegant but light. Nice sweetness and quite attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted24th January 1998Point this date15.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1982
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetAlcoholic and ether nose.Score range14.25 - 14.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and quite old in taste. Rather good finish. Not for keeping but easy to drink.Average score14.38
Last tasted20th November 2014Point this date14.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2014 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1983
ColourYellow mature very beautiful in colour.Number of tastings12
BouquetOld grocery shop, cacao, coffee and roses in the nose.Score range14.75 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak with some still balanced acidity. Elegant and quite complex with a nice finish. Will not be better but delicious now and easy top drink and like.Average score15.25
Last tasted16th March 2017Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2017 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1985
ColourFairly dark in colour with yellow rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetCinnamon, coffee and cherry bouquet.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body and light. Sweet and mature. Easy to drink and like. Lovely finish. Delicious and balanced port.Average score
Last tasted19th March 1997Point this date15.50
CommentAt a Wine Tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1989
ColourYellow mature colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetCrème caramel and burned sugar in the nose.Score range14.00 - 15.25
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Complex and rather delicious with a good finish.Average score14.63
Last tasted6th November 2006Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1994
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetDried fruit, fig sand Sultan raisins in the nose.Score range15.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium bodied. Dry fruit in taste. Mature port and nearly at its peak. Quite complex and balanced with a nice finish.Average score15.55
Last tasted7th June 2014Point this date15.00
CommentIn a Wine friend’s home
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1995
ColourYellow quite beautiful, mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetNice and delicate bouquet mostly of old grocery shop, cream candy and cinnamon.Score range15.25 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Lovely port to drink today. Cream candy and cinnamon in taste. Attractive and quite long finish. Will keep and develop a little more but enjoy it now!Average score15.66
Last tasted27th July 2018Point this date16.00
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage2003
ColourDark ruby but with a yellow mature rim in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetMint, cacao, coffee, old grocery shop but also quite dry with dried fruit, dried dark berry and French plums in the nose but also some tobacco.Score range15.25 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Quite mature but still with lovely tannin. Very elegant and balanced and rather dry port with mint, cacao, dried fruit and coffee in taste. Attractive and very good with a long but sweet finish.Average score15.83
Last tasted13th July 2018Point this date15.90
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage2004
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetNice plum and mulberry bouquet.
TasteMedium body. Immature and lots of tannin. Very tasty and attractive. Easy to swallow with a good finish. Quite nice but will develop fast we suppose.
Last tasted3rd November 2008Rating this dateVery Good / Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage2005
ColourDark blue but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetMulberry, cacao and some coffee beans in the nose.Score range15.40 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Still some very soft tannin but rather mature. An attractive and balanced port with mulberry and chocolate in taste. Lovely and quite long finish.Average score15.70
Last tasted3rd March 2018Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage2007
ColourDark blue in colour with a thin yellow edge.Number of tastings5
BouquetDark berry, blackberry, dark cherry, fruit, toffee and an interesting spiciness in the nose.Score range15.90 - 16.25
TasteMedium bodied. Still nice tannins of course and will be better. Elegant port with black cherry and some interesting spiciness in the taste. Balanced and attractive with a lovely finish. Will love to follow this port!Average score15.96
Last tasted3rd March 2018Point this date16.25
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage2015
ColourDark blue almost black in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMulberry, black berry and dark berry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Of course immature with lot of tannin and quite hard to swallow. Lots of dark berry and fruit in taste. Quite long and very promising finish. Will be very interesting to follow.
Last tasted3rd March 2018Rating this dateVery Good/ Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

Old Colheita/Tawny tasting notes:

HouseBorgesColheita1905
ColourAmber and lovely in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetLovely nose of toffee, burned candy and a full arsenal of aromas in the nose.Bottled1937
TasteLovely body. Mature of course. Roasted candy and much more in the taste. Very complex port with a long and never ending finish. Quite delicious.Score range17.25 - 17.25
Last tasted24th January 2008Point this date17.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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