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Burmester

J W Burmester & C:a

Founded 1750
Owner Sogevinus
Vineyards None
Vintage Port Brands Burmester, Quinta do Arnozelo, Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

In 1730, Henry Burmester and John Nash established in London the company Burmester & Nash, dedicated to the corn trade. In 1750 having acquired warehouses in Vila Nova de Gaia they started exporting Port Wine to the British Isles as well as to other European countries. The original shareholders were English even if the name Burmester comes from ‘Burgmeester’, an important function performed by some members of the family in Mölln, a little town in Northern Germany situated between Lubeck and Lauenburg.

The name H. Burmester & Son was established 1806. This year Hermann van Zeller become a partner and the firm’s name became H. Burmester & H. van Zeller, but van Zeller leave the company after 3 years it was renamed H. Burmester & Co. Henry Burmester died in 1822 and the firm was taken over by Soltau. In 1834 Johann Wilhelm Burmester arrived to Oporto 24 years old and when the firm should be sold to the highest bidder in 1856 Johann Wilhelm Burmester make an agreement with the different heirs, so good, that in in 1861 he took over the firm and the final name J.W. Burmester was established. J. W. drowns in Douro 1885 and his son Gustav Adolph took over as he already was a partner. During the First Wold War due to their German heritage they had to leave Portugal within 24 hours and German properties should be confiscated. Gustav Adolph manages to transfer the family’s wine to a good Portuguese friend at least on paper before he had to flee. The friendship lasted and when he returned in 1920 he had his wine re-transferred to his company.

The company was always ruled by the Burmester family, having been taken over by the Amorim family by the end of 1999. The Amorim family started its activity in 1870, with the manufacture and sale of Port Wine corks but sold Burmester already in 2005 to Sogevinus.

Burmester Vintages:1820, 1873, 1878, 1887, 1890, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1920, 1922, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987 (Special selection for Philpson Wine, Denmark), 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011
Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora Vintages:1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013
Quinta do Arnozelo Vintages:2009, 2010, 2012

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseBurmesterVintage1945
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetComplex bouquet of burned sugar, crème caramel and much more.Score range16.90 - 16.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak but maybe a bit old. Much burned sugar in flavour. Elegant and complex port with a delicious finish.Average score16.90
Last tasted19th May 2011Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1955
ColourMature tawny colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCrème caramel burned sugar and ether in bouquet.Score range15.75 - 15.75
TasteFully mature and maybe a bit old. Alcoholic in flavour. Complex port with a lovely old, still attractive finish.Average score15.75
Last tasted25th March 2005Point this date15.75
CommentAt home with the Family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1960
ColourYellow mature colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetLovely bouquet of old grocery shop, coffee, cacao and much more in the nose.Score range17.00 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Perfect mature and at its peak. Sweet. Complex port with a delicious finish. Wonderful.Average score17.00
Last tasted4th October 1989Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est.1981 trip in Douro.
TastersSAI
HouseBurmesterVintage1963
ColourBeautiful mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings14
BouquetElegant, complex bouquet of truffles, dark chocolate, cacao, butterscotch, crème caramel and mint in the nose. Very impressive.Score range15.75 - 17.00
TasteQuite full-bodied. Wonderful complex taste. Mature and of course peaking. Flavour of dark chocolate, butterscotch and cacao. Balanced and complex with a delicious and quite long finish.Average score16.41
Last tasted1st April 2016Point this date17.00
CommentIn our private Wine Club.

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
HouseBurmesterVintage1966
ColourYellow, beautifully mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetCrème caramel, old grocery shop and burned sugar in the nose.Score range15.00 - 16.40
TasteRather full-bodied. Mature and peaking. Elegant and complex port with an attractive and lovely finish.Average score15.83
Last tasted21st September 2006Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle was not quite OK. Notes from July 2000.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1970
ColourYellow, beautifully mature in colour.Number of tastings8
BouquetComplex bouquet of coffee, cacao, crème caramel and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.90
TasteQuite full-bodied. Lovely and complex taste. Much burned sugar in flavour. Mature and at its peak with generous, long and delicious finish. A very attractive port.Average score16.41
Last tasted29th October 2011Point this date16.90
CommentAt home with the family.
*This bottle was defect and the notes are from May 2011.

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
HouseBurmesterVintage1977
ColourYellow mature almost tawny in colourNumber of tastings9
BouquetEther, pharmacy and a bit alcoholic nose. Quite old in the bouquet.Score range15.50 - 16.90
TasteMature but a bit tired. Still elegant and complex with medium body and a complex quite attractive finish.Average score15.83
Last tasted19th May 2011Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
1 bottle has been defect

In 2010 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1980
ColourYellow mature colourNumber of tastings1
BouquetToffee and exotic fruit in the noseScore range15.25 - 15.25
TasteStill well integrated tannins. Complex and a lovely taste. Exotic fruit in flavour. Will improve. An attractive and long finishAverage score
Last tasted5th December 1995Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI
HouseBurmesterVintage1984
ColourStill quite dark but mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetToffee, fudge, crème caramel, toffee, liquorice and candy in the nose.Score range15.40 - 16.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and very tasty with still some very soft tannins left. Cinnamon and liquorice in taste. Balanced and very elegant with a long and very attractive finish.Average score15.96
Last tasted19th February 2015Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Semi- Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1985
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings19
BouquetCrème caramel, Christmas raisin, ginger bread, figs and Christmas spiciness in the interesting bouquet.Score range15.00 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Ginger bread and Christmas spiciness in taste. Balance with a lovely and quite long finish. Quite attractive, elegant and rather complex port.Average score15.85
Last tasted12th December 2016Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1987
ColourYellow mature in colourNumber of tastings2
BouquetQuite complex bouquet of cacao, coffee, mulberry, mint, liquorice and old grocery shop in the noseScore range15.40 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Coffee, cacao and some liquorice in taste. Easy to drink and like. Balance and quite complex port with a long and interesting finish.Average score15.65
Last tasted23rd July 2015Point this date15.90
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1989
ColourYellow mature colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetComplex blueberry and fruit in the nose.Score range14.00 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Good and still fruity in flavour. Mature but not old at all. A nice finish. Quite easy to drink and like.Average score14.79
Last tasted21st January 2010Point this date15.50
CommentAt home with the family.
2 bottles have been defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1991
ColourYellow mature in colour but still rather darkNumber of tastings15
BouquetLovely complex plum, black cherry, mulberry, liquorice, roses and nuts in the nose.Score range15.40 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Fairly sweet. Mature and peaking. Rather complex port with a balanced and very attractive finish. Now on top!Average score15.59
Last tasted7th February 2015Point this date16.00
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1992
ColourStill dark with a yellow rim in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetFruit and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range14.90 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Immature with still some soft tannin. Balanced port. Lovely finish with complexity.Average score15.33
Last tasted17th December 2009Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
1 bottle has been defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1994
ColourYellow and beautifully mature in colour.Number of tastings11
BouquetFigs, violets, cinnamon and spicy in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Quite good and sweet. Mature and almost peaking but with some soft tannin left. Violets and cinnamon in taste. Easy to drink and like. Elegant. Nice and quite attractive finishAverage score15.48
Last tasted16th January 2014Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
1 bottle has not been OK.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1995
ColourDark blue but with a yellow rim in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetLiquorice, chocolate and cacao in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.90
TasteQuite full-bodied. Rather mature and with soft tannin. Easy to swallow. Will develop some more. Liquorice and cacao in flavour. Elegant and balanced with a promising and quite long finish. Will be interesting to follow.Average score15.63
Last tasted18th September 2014Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
One bottle has been defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1997
ColourStill dark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings9
BouquetCandy, vanilla, coffee, blueberry and black berry in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Rather mature but still with quite a lot of soft tannin. Balanced but quite sweet. Berry and dark cherry in flavour. Balanced and quite complex with a nice, attractive finish. Will be better and interesting to follow.Average score15.59
Last tasted15th December 2015Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1998
ColourStill very dark blue in colour but with a yellow rim.Number of tastings7
BouquetLiquorice, cinnamon, ginger, crème candy, cacao and toffee in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.50
TasteMedium body. Elegant and complex with toffee and candy in flavour. Rather mature and elegant but with still some soft tannin. Sweet. Will be better but is now very attractive with a quite long and rather complex finish.Average score16.20
Last tasted19th June 2015Point this date16.00
CommentIn a friend’s home.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage1999
ColourStill quite dark in colour but with a yellow mature edge.Number of tastings5
BouquetLiquorice, vanilla, toffee and a hint of butterscotch in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Rather mature but still with some soft tannin and will be better. Balanced and quite attractive with vanilla and some liquorice in flavour. Elegant and rather complex with a nice finish. Easy to drink and like.Average score15.45
Last tasted30th January 2016Point this date15.50
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage2000
ColourDark blue in colour with a little yellow rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetBlue berry, dark berry, black cherry and blackberry in the nose.Score range15.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Still immature and with soft tannin. Black cherry and dark berry in flavour. Elegant port with an interesting and quite long finish. Will be much better.Average score15.58
Last tasted7th February 2015Point this date15.75
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterVintage2003
ColourBlack in colour but maybe with just a hint of a yellow edge.Number of tastings3
BouquetDark berry, mulberry and black cherry in the nose.Score range14.50 - 14.50
TasteMedium bodied. Still tannin of course and will improve. Easy to swallow and rather tasty with mulberry and dark berry in taste with a nice finish. Probably not a long keeper but will be nice to follow.Average score
Last tasted3rd March 2016Point this date14.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

Old Colheita/Tawny tasting notes:

HouseBurmester NovidadeColheita1890
ColourTawny in colour with an olive green edge.Number of tastings1
BouquetRich bouquet with burned sugar, smoky chestnuts and some pharmacy.Bottled
TasteMedium body. Mature of course. Balanced and complex port with a long and lovely finish. What a port!Score range17.00 - 17.00
Last tasted15th November 2007Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterColheita1937
ColourTawny in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetLovely bouquet of burned sugar, crème candy, molasses, toffee, fudge and much more in the nose.Bottled2010
TasteMedium body. Mature, tasty and elegant. Burned and crème candy in taste. Balanced and quite complex. Typical colheita in taste with a quite lovely, attractive and long finish.Score range14.50 - 16.75
Last tasted7th November 2016Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterColheita1950
ColourQuite beautiful tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetToasted sugar, burned candy and caramel in the noseBottled1991
TasteMedium body. Mature but with acidity. Sweet anyhow. Elegant and easy to drink and like. Burned candy in taste. Quite attractive finish.Score range
Last tasted27th February 2014Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterColheita1955
ColourBeautiful tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar, butterscotch, and nuts in a complex bouquet.Bottled2010
TasteMedium body. Mature and very tasty. Elegant and balanced. Nuts and butterscotch in taste with a complex and very long finishScore range16.50 - 16.50
Last tasted7th November 2016Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterColheita1957
ColourBeautiful tawny in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetBurned sugar, butterscotch, toffee, fudge and nuts in a complex bouquet.Bottled2010
TasteMedium body. Mature and very tasty. Elegant and balanced. Nuts and Christmas spiciness in taste with a complex and very long finish.Score range16.00 - 16.40
Last tasted29th September 2017Point this date16.40
CommentAt Philipson’s Wine Tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterColheita1961
ColourTawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned cola and burned sugar in the nose.Bottled2010
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Elegant taste of candy. Complex finish. Lovely to drink now.Score range
Last tasted30th April 2011Point this date16.00
CommentOn a friend´s 50 years birthday.
TastersSAI
HouseBurmesterColheita1963
ColourDark tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetToffee, spring flowers, burned sugar and candy in the nose.BottledDuring the 1970th
TasteMedium body. Mature and tasty with toffee in flavour. Balanced and quite sweet. Easy to drink and appreciate with a nice finish.Score range15.75 - 16.90
Last tasted22nd May 2015Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
The last bottle was bottled 2004
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBurmesterColheita1966
ColourDark tawny in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetCinnamon, ginger, burned sugar and some cream candy in the nose.Bottled2010
TasteMedium body. Mature and tasty with toffee and crème caramel in flavour. Balanced and quite sweet. Easy to drink and appreciate with a nice finish.Score range
Last tasted7th November 2016Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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