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Cockburn

Cockburn Smithes & C:a

Founded 1815
Owner Symington family
Vineyards None now. (All sold to Symington 2006)
Vintage Port Brands Cockburn, Quinta dos Canais, Quinta da Tua

The company was founded in Oporto in 1815 by Robert Cockburn, younger brother of a famous Scottish judge Henry, Lord Cockburn, established the company. He founded the company Cockburn, Wauchope & Co with a good friend. They started dealing with wine, dried cod and oil but soon discarded the smelly secondary products and fully concentrated in wine i.e. Port. He married Mary Duff. The same Mary Duff whom Lord Byron had worshipped in verse and prose when he was a young romantic man and long before being world famous. Mary has a good taste (for Port?) and bore him two sons, Archibald and Alexander. In 1828 Captain William Greig joined the company and now it was renamed Cockburn, Wauchope & Greig. A few years later the three became four partners when another captain and later admiral, Hugh Dunlop, joined the company. He contributed not with capital but married Robert Cockburn’s sister. Robert’s two sons, Archibald and Alexander opened a London office in 1830. When Robert died in 1854 Archibald stayed in London and Alexander went to Oporto. Shortly after taking over in 1854, two other brothers became partners, Henry and John Tatham Smithes and they renamed the house to Cockburn & Smithes. John married Eleonor Cobb, sister to the new London-based partner Charles Davidson Cobb and there was now a Cobb in the firm until 1999 when Peter M. Cobb left the company. The three families have played a key role in the company's development; the Cockburn, the Smithes and the Cobb.

Cockburn has also managed and sold the wine of Quinta da Eira Velha owned by the Newman family as a single quinta port but under the Martinez label.

In 1962 Cockburn Smithes was bought by the British wine merchant Harvey's of Bristol who had bought the company of Martinez the year before, 1961. A few years later, in 1966, Harvey's, as thus, Cockburn and Martinez, was bought by Showerings, Vine Products and Whiteways Ltd (SVPW), which was bought by Allied Breweries in 1968 with subsequent name changes to Allied-Lyons PLC in 1981 and to Allied Domecq PLC in 1994.

Following an agreement with the Newman family in 1979, Cockburn managed Quinta da Eira Velha on behalf of the Newman family and sold the wine. Quinta da Eira Velha was marketed as a single quinta wine; the vintage of 1978 under the Cockburn brand and thereafter under the Martinez label until the vintage of 2000.

In 2005, a time of turmoil started for Cockburn. The owner, Allied Domecq, was taken over by Pernod Ricard SA who then immediately sold off some of the acquired brands, including Cockburn, Martinez and Harvey's, to Beam Inc within the Fortune Brands group. Beam had not much experience in making fortified wine and consequently, the offer of the Symington family to make the Cockburn wines for them was welcomed. In 2006 the Symingtons took over all the vineyards and the lodges of Cockburn, but Beam retained the brand and the company name. In 2010 Symington was allowed to buy the remaining parts of the Cockburn company and the transfer was completed.

The Cockburn family crest, a cockerel on a coronet, has become a symbol of the company and appears on all bottles of Cockburn's Port throughout the world.

Cockburn Vintages:1851, 1853, 1854, 1858, 1868, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1878, 1881, 1884, 1887, 1890, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1916, 1917, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1947, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1957*, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015
Quinta do Bom Retiro Vintages:1847 (Bottled November 1849)
Quinta dos Canais Vintages:1991, 1992, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014
Quinta do Tua Vintages:1987, 1995

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseCockburnVintage1904
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetA bit old, strange and soapy.Score range14.00 - 15.75
TasteMedium-bodied. Mature but fading a little. Still quite drinkable.Average score14.88
Last tasted12th November 2009Point this date14.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
Due to shortness of local brandy Cockburn used brandy from the Azores in this vintage.

In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1908
ColourWonderful mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetElegant, complex aromas from pharmacy, old grocery shop and much more.Score range16.00 - 17.90
TasteFull-bodied. Elegant magnificent, complex port with a wonderful finish of mint and liquorice. It seems never to end!!Average score16.95
Last tasted12th November 2009Point this date17.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This is maybe the greatest of all Cockburn together with 1927.

In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1911
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCrème caramel, toffee and burned sugar in the nose.Score range
TasteMedium body. Mature and elegant port. Pharmacy in flavour. Still knit together and elegant with liquorice and an attractive finish. A very nice port indeed.Average score
Last tasted23rd December 2011Point this date16.50
CommentAt home with the family.
This bottle has belonged to Jorge Guillermo who was married to one of the Dutch princesses and sold his wine cellar when they divorced.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1912
ColourFairly pale but attractive deep red colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetPlenty of spicy, peppery and coffee aromas.Score range18.00 - 18.00
TasteA mature old but still excellent port which still is knit together. Flavour of mint. Long complex finish. Wonderful.Average score
Last tasted23rd September 2003Point this date18.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1916
ColourBeautiful almost leather in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetGinger, dried fruit, Christmas spiciness, toffee and crème caramel in the nose. Wonderful bouquet.Score range17.50 - 17.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and absolutely on top. Ginger, toffee and crème caramel in taste. Balanced and not old at all in taste. Very complex and easy to drink and enjoy. An astonishing port with a long and lovely finish. How many bottles are left?Average score
Last tasted23rd December 2016Point this date17.50
CommentAt home with the family.
Astonishing port for the vintage!
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1927
ColourMature beautiful yellow in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetAromatic, plum, pharmacy but also coffee and cacao in the nose. Very complex and attractive.Score range17.50 - 20.00
TasteFull-bodied. Silky tannins. Flavour of burned sugar. Mature, wonderful with an everlasting finish. A really magnificent port.Average score18.88
Last tasted12th November 2009Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This port has legendary reputation as one of the best port ever made. This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdals Private Collection.

In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1935
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetBeautiful complex bouquet of black current, blackberry and pharmacy.Score range17.90 - 18.50
TasteFull-bodied. Still sweet. Flavour of old hospital and much more. Very mature but complex and with a delicious finish.Average score17.72
Last tasted5th February 2011Point this date18.50
CommentAt home with the family.
Lovely port. 1 bottle has been a little old.

In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1947
ColourMature beautiful tawny in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetRich delicious crème caramel, coffee, cacao, hazelnuts and some chocolate in the nose. Wonderful bouquet.Score range16.50 - 17.50
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and still in a way peaking. Hazelnuts and fudge in taste. Harmonious, rich, balanced and elegant with a dry finish. This is port just to love and drink. Wonderful port indeed.Average score16.65
Last tasted18th April 2013Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1950
ColourAlmost tawny in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetNutty, fudge, toffee and vanilla in the bouquet.Score range16.25 - 17.75
TasteMedium bodied. Very mature and maybe a little old. Elegant and balance with a delicious finish. Still a wonderful port.Average score16.53
Last tasted20th September 2012Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1955
ColourMature yellow almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings9
BouquetElegant fudge, toffee, candy, Christmas raisin, burned sugar and liquorice in the nose. Generous and lovely.Score range16.40 - 17.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Sweet, attractive with candy and fudge in taste. Balanced and elegant port with a wonderful finish.Average score16.97
Last tasted5th August 2013Point this date17.25
CommentAt home with the family.

In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1957
ColourOrange amber almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar, Christmas spiciness, some pharmacy, cream toffee, French prune, raisin, dried figs in the nose.Score range17.00 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Mature, peaking and even a little old. Still balanced and complex. Spiciness and dried fruit in taste with a long, attractive and quite imposing finish.Average score
Last tasted29th November 2015Point this date17.00
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1960
ColourMature very yellow but still dark in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetCrème caramel, fudge, toffee and burned sugar in the nose.Score range16.90 - 17.50
TasteMature and absolutely peaking now. Fairly sweet, lean and nutty. Elegant and balanced. A long, complex and attractive finish which hardly will end. Lovely port.Average score17.15
Last tasted7th September 2013Point this date17.50
CommentOn a party at home with the family and wine friends.
In a Magnum.

In 2007 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1963
ColourBeautiful and attractive mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings42
BouquetWonderful complex bouquet of old grocery shop, coffee, fudge, toffee, tea, cacao, liquorice and much more.Score range16.50 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Vanilla, toffee, fudge, liquorice and chocolate in taste. Dry but balanced. A long and wonderful finish. Easy to drink and love. An attractive port indeed and one of our favourites.Average score16.98
Last tasted30th May 2017Point this date17.00
CommentIn a wine friend’s home 1 bottle has been defect.

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.
In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1967
ColourBeautiful almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings12
BouquetIntensive plum, Cacao, coffee, cream candy, crème caramel and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.90
TasteMedium-body. Mature peaking and maybe a little more but very complex and intensive in taste with cream candy and cacao. Balanced and a long and very attractive finish. Good mature port will not be better but is wonderful now. Drink and enjoy life!Average score16.33
Last tasted14th November 2015Point this date16.90
CommentAt home with the family.
1 bottle has been defect

In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1970
ColourYellow mature, amber quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings39
BouquetComplex delicious spicy bouquet of liquorice, nuts, coffee, toffee, crème caramel, sweets and orange zest.Score range16.50 - 17.75
TasteFull-bodied. Mature, peaking and on top. Liquorice, crème caramel, toffee and much more in flavour. Quite dry. Complex and elegant port. Balanced and a solid and long wonderful finish. Delicious port. Will not be better. Just drink it and love it!Average score16.82
Last tasted10th June 2017Point this date17.75
CommentAt home with the family 2 bottles have been defect.

In 2008 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2008 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1975
ColourMature almost fair tawny in colour.Number of tastings28
BouquetQuite old bouquet with some burned sugar, dried apricot and dried figs in the nose.Score range15.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and even quite far beyond its peak but quite elegant and balanced. Burned sugar and dried apricot in taste. Dry but very easy to drink and like with an elegant finish. Drink up, will not be better!Average score15.58
Last tasted9th September 2017Point this date15.90
CommentAt the home with the family.
*This bottle was not a vintage 1975, even if the label says so. When Cockburn Vintage 1975 came to Sweden it was not bottled with a vintage but with a tawny, probably 10 years, or maybe a Colheita (1975?). Bottles bought in Copenhagen are much better and a real Vintage Port, so we stopped buying those in Sweden. A few years ago we found it for sale quite cheap in Italy, and on the label we can read Milano. This bottle was from Italy and the same kind of port we have had in Sweden.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1977
ColourYellow mature in colourNumber of tastings1
BouquetCacao, gingerbread, cream candy, some liquorice and Christmas spiciness.Score range16.90 - 16.90
TasteMedium, body. Mature and peaking. Christmas spiciness in taste. Balanced and quite dry. Complex and easy to enjoy. Lovely port with a nice and long finish.Average score
Last tasted14th December 2015Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1983
ColourStill very dark in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings20
BouquetButterscotch, cream candy, dark cherry, liquorice, some roasted coffee and roses also but a hint of pharmacy and acetone in the nose.Score range15.00 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and nearly peaking but also in this bottles some unbalanced acidity. Butter scotch and burned sugar in flavour. Dry and a very long finish. This is a dangerous vintage for Cockburn – see below.Average score16.40
Last tasted18th March 2017Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
5 bottles have been corked. There is no denying that when this vintage from Cockburn present clean, it is in the top vintage of 1983. Nevertheless this vintage has globally shown a high incidence of cork defect. The former winemaker of Cockburn, Miguel Corte-Real has admitted that there was a “significant problem” with this vintage.

In 2017 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1985
ColourStill dark but mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings9
BouquetPharmacy and an alcoholic nose which is not harmonic.Score range14.00 - 15.50
TasteNot quite balance. We have had 5 bottles of this vintage which have not been balance and good. Very strange.Average score15.25
Last tasted30th April 2015Point this date12.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
*2 defect bottle

In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1991
ColourStill rather dark but mature and yellow in colour.Number of tastings8
BouquetCrème caramel, toffee, fudges and torched sugar in the nose. Quite delicious.Score range16.25 - 16.50
TasteRather full- bodied with some elegance and soft tannins but rather mature even if it will still be better. Balanced and quite complex. Crème caramel in flavour. Lovely and quite attractive finish.Average score16.42
Last tasted6th June 2015Point this date16.50
CommentIn a friend’s home.
2 bottles have been defect.

In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1994
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetDark berry, blackthorn and blue berry in the nose but with some unclean vat also which disturbs the bouquet.Score range14.50 - 15.75
TasteFull-bodies. Quite mature but with some volatile acidity in the taste, but also some dark berry. Not quite balanced but still a nice finish.Average score15.13
Last tasted27th November 2014Point this date14.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
This bottle was a Magnum.

In 2009 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage1997
ColourDark blue in colour with just a hint of yellow edge.Number of tastings3
BouquetDark berry, cream candy, fudge and toffee in the nose.Score range15.00 - 15.50
TasteFull-bodied. Still lots of tannin of course and will develop a lot. Cream candy and toffee in taste. Balanced and attractive with a quite attractive finish.Average score15.25
Last tasted11th November 2006Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage2000
ColourDark blue still almost black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetDried fruit, roasted coffee, cacao and dark berry in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.25
TasteFull-bodied. Rather mature but still of course some soft and light tannin. Will be better and develop more. Quite dry and with roasted coffee and some dark chocolate in taste. Balanced and easy to drink with a nice but maybe a little short finishAverage score15.25
Last tasted17th March 2016Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage2003
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy, berry and still closed in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Aggressive, immature and lots of tannin. Hard to swallow and appreciate. Long finish. Very impressive. Will be a long runner.
Last tasted11th November 2007Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCockburnVintage2011
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy, dark berry and fruit in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteFull-bodied. Quite a lot of tannins. Long finish.Average score
Last tasted22nd April 2016Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London
TastersJB
HouseCockburnVintage2015
ColourDark blue almost black in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMulberry, blackberry, dark cherry and dark berry in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Loaded with fruit and dark berry. Balanced and very promising. Lovely tannin and very complex with a long, long finish. Quite exciting port. What will be?
Last tasted6th November 2017Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

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

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