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Martinez

Martinez Gassiot & C:a

Founded 1790
Owner Symington family
Vineyards None but are buying their vintage port from Quinta da Eirha Velha.
Vintage Port Brands Martinez, Quinta da Eirha Velha, Quinta do Chousa

D. Sebastian Gonzales Martinez founded the company in 1790. He was a Spaniard who sold Port, cigars and sherry from an office in Mincing Lane, in the city of London. Martinez had the inspiration. John Peter Gassiot, an Englishman who joined him in 1822, provided the stability. Together they created Martinez Gassiot and Company. Then in 1834 they acquired a lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia. John Gassiot had three sons John, Charles and Sebastian who all became partners in the firm. When Sebastian Gassiot died in 1902 he had no successors and the firm was up for sale and 1916 Arthur Nugent handled the firm follow by Donald Mac Lean till his death 1939 and then by Gilbert Eastaugh.

The company was bought by Harveys of Bristol in 1961 and as Harvey’s also bought Cockburn Smithes the following year; they were managed in close co-ordination. In 1966 Harvey’s was bought by Showerings, Vine Products and Whiteways Ltd (SVPW), which was bought by Allied Breweries in 1968 which subsequent name changes to Allied-Lyons PLC in 1981 and to Allied Domecq PLC in 1994.

In 1978 the group started making a Single Quinta Vintage Port from Quinta da Eirha Velha. The vintage 1978 was bottled by Cockburn and the following years of Martinez with the vintage 2000 being the last Eira Velha single quinta produced by Martinez. Quinta do Chousa is a part of Quinta do Tua and was in 1995 bottled as a Single Quinta Vintage Port by Martinez.

Today, since 2006, Martinez belongs to the Symington family. Cockburn Smithes has been managed by the Symington family since 2006 and was fully acquired in 2010.

Martinez Vintages:1834, 1836, 1840, 1844, 1847, 1851, 1858, 1861, 1863, 1864, 1865, 1867, 1868, 1870, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1877*, 1878, 1880, 1881, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1890, 1892, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1919, 1922, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2007
Quinta da Eira Velha Vintages:1890, 1896, 1943 (Hunt, Hunt, Roope & Co), 1945, 1953, 1974, 1975, 1978 (Cockburn), 1982, 1987, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2011
Quinta do Chousa Vintages:1995

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseMartinezVintage1922
ColourYellow mature almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetWonderful crème caramel, toffee, violets, liquorice and roses in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and of course peaking but not particularly old! Elegant and complex. Roses and liquorice in taste. A lovely port with a wonderful finish. Astonishing indeed!Average score16.80
Last tasted18th December 2015Point this date17.25
CommentAt home with our private wine club.
This port was bottled by UK merchant Edward Sheldon in Shipton-on-Stour, England.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMartinezVintage1934
ColourLovely mature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetChocolate and pharmacy in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteMature. Elegant. Complex. Maybe a bit old but with an excellent finish.Average score
Last tasted31st May 1990Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI
HouseMartinezVintage1947
ColourDark, mature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCrème caramel and burned sugar. Very complex nose.Score range17.00 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Elegant and complex port with a generous and long finish.Average score
Last tasted31st May 1990Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI
HouseMartinezVintage1955
ColourAlmost tawny but quite nice in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetButter-scotch, cream candy but also a hint of pharmacy and hospital in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and even a little old but still quite balanced and very attractive. Butter-scotch and burned sugar in taste with a nice finish. Will not be better so better drink it up!Average score
Last tasted16th November 2017Point this date16.00
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
HouseMartinezVintage1960
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetGinger, cinnamon, cacao, some crème caramel. Mint some liquorice and old grocery shop in bouquet.Score range16.25 - 17.25
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced but sweet with cinnamon, cacao, mint and dark chocolate in taste. Elegant and complex with a wonderful and very long finish. Attractive port! If any bottle left in your cellar just enjoy it!Average score16.44
Last tasted18th May 2017Point this date17.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

In 2007 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMartinezVintage1963
ColourMature yellow beautiful in colour.Number of tastings19
BouquetLovely complex old grocery shop, crème caramel, cream candy, cacao, nuts and burned sugar in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Sweet. Mature and peaking with a lovely old acidity in taste together with crème caramel, cream candy and a lot of other interesting tastes. Elegant and complex with a wonderful finish. Quite delicious and lovely. Drink up, will not be better.Average score16.81
Last tasted14th December 2018Point this date17.00
CommentAt home in 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
HouseMartinezVintage1967
ColourMature yellow almost tawny in colourNumber of tastings1
BouquetLovely complex crème caramel, old grocery shop and plum in the nose.Score range16.75 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Sweet. Elegant with some soft tannin. Easy to drink and a lovely very attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted17th November 2011Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMartinezVintage1970
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetLovely complex old grocery shop in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Sweet. Elegant. Easy to drink and a lovely finish but maybe a little short?Average score15.95
Last tasted13th November 2008Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection.

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
HouseMartinezVintage1975
ColourMature tawny colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetPharmacy and ether in the nose.Score range15.00 - 16.50
TasteMedium body. Simple. Easy to drink. Sweet and a nice finish.Average score15.63
Last tasted16th March 2006Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection.

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
HouseMartinezVintage1982
ColourMature yellow colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetSpicy nose, rather complex.Score range15.00 - 17.25
TasteMedium body. Sweet. Mature. Some fruit. Easy to drink and like. Quite attractive finish.Average score15.92
Last tasted30th October 2003Point this date17.25
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMartinezVintage1985
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings13
BouquetFudge, red whortleberry and burned sugar in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.90
TasteMedium bodied. Tight. Still some fruit and at its peak. Elegant complex and balanced tannin with a quite nice finish.Average score16.32
Last tasted22nd October 2012Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMartinezVintage1987
ColourDark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetMint, candy and old grocery shop in the nose..Score range15.50 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Sweet. Very tasty and balanced with a nice and quite attractive finish.Average score15.81
Last tasted3rd November 2014Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMartinezVintage1991
ColourDark with a yellow rimNumber of tastings5
BouquetUnattractive bouquet of volatile acidity in the nose.Score range13.00 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Unbalanced port with volatile acidity but with a finish which make it possible to swallow.Average score
Last tasted18th February 2012Point this date13.00
CommentAt home with the family.
.*The 2 last bottles has been defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMartinezVintage1994
ColourDark blue with a yellow rim in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetStill very fruity and berry in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteFull-bodied. Complex but still a bit immature. Lots of anise in flavour. Lovely and long finish. Very promising indeed.Average score16.50
Last tasted26th August 2008Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMartinezVintage1997
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy and fruity in the nose.
TasteQuite full-bodied. Immature and lots of tannins of course. Very juicy but a very promising finish
Last tasted15th November 1999Rating this dateImpressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMartinezVintage1999
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetFruit and old grocery shop in bouquet.Score range15.50 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Quite developed and easy to drink. Elegant and an acceptable finish.Average score15.88
Last tasted2nd November 2009Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMartinezVintage2000
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetQuite shy in the nose but fruity and even juicy.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteFull bodied and loaded with fruit. Immature and lots of tannin. Long and promising finish. Will be wonderful.Average score15.50
Last tasted26th August 2008Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMartinezVintage2003
ColourStill black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetCherry and fruit bouquet.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Lots of tannin. Still very fruity and immature but with a delicious finish.Average score16.25
Last tasted2nd November 2009Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMartinezVintage2007
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetFruity and juicy in the nose.
TasteLoaded with fruit. Lots of tannins indeed and immature of course. Hard to swallow. Will be excellent I suppose.
Last tasted27th June 2009Rating this dateImpressive
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 trip in Douro.

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

Old Colheita/Tawny tasting notes:

HouseFinest and Selected Old
Martinez- Gassiot
Tawny
ColourQuite dark and tawny on colour with an olive-green edge.Number of tastings1
BouquetButterscotch, some toffee, crème caramel, bonbons and nuts in the nose.Bottled21 May 1958
TasteMedium body. Mature. Balance and elegant port with crème caramel and butterscotch in taste. Lovely port with a quite attractive finish. Easy to drink and to like.Score range
Last tasted17th November 2016Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Semi Great Tasting in Malmö.
This Port must be almost 100 years old.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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