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Sandeman

Sandeman & C:a

Founded 1790
Owner Sogrape Vinhos S.A.
Vineyards Quinta do Vau, Quinta das Laranjeiras, Quinta de Seixo
Vintage Port Brands Sandeman, Vau
Web-site www.sandeman.eu

The House of Sandeman was founded in London in 1790 by George Sandeman, a determined young Scotsman. His vision of a bright future for the wine business and for himself was upheld by his father who loaned him 300 pounds sterling to set up as a wine merchant, specialising in Porto and Sherry. 1813 the company’s name was Geo. Sandeman, Gooden & Forster due to the turbulent years when Napoleon and war made it difficult with risk-bearing capital and partners were needed. Godden glide in 1828 and the company were then called Sandeman, Forster & Co. until Forster’s retirement in 1856. George Sandeman died in 1841, he was an obstinate man and even if his son George worked in the company he chose his sister’s son George Glas Sandeman to take over the company. George Glas Sandeman died exactly when the phylloxera came to Duoro i.e. 1868 and his son Albert took over assisted by his younger brothers Johan and George Glas and the company’s name changed to Geo. Glas Sandeman Sons & Co. Albert was the president of Sandeman until he was 90 years old.. In 1923 his son Walter Albert succeeded him as chairman and he was replaced by his son Henry Gerald Walter in 1937. Upon his death his younger brother Patrick Walter Sandeman took over in 1952, followed by his sons Timothy, director 1959-1982 and David Patrick 1982-1990.

1952 Sandeman bought the small Port Wine House Robertsosn Bros and 1962 they bought Offley Forrester which was sold off again in 1973. 1988 they bought their first quinta, Quinta do Vau but already 1979 Seagram took over Sandeman and in 2002 Sogrape bought it.

The Sandeman Don, drawn in 1928 by George Massiot Brown, is one of the first trademark images ever created. The Don in a Portuguese student's black cape and bearing a wide-brimmed Spanish caballero's hat is recognised worldwide.

Today, the ninth generation of the family, George Thomas David Sandeman, continues the Sandeman commitment and is a member of the board of Sogrape Vinhos S.A.

Sandeman Vintages:1790, 1797, 1811, 1815*, 1822, 1834, 1840, 1842, 1844*, 1847, 1851, 1853, 1858, 1859*, 1861, 1863, 1865, 1867, 1868, 1870, 1872*, 1873, 1875, 1878, 1881, 1884, 1887, 1890, 1892*, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1900, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1917, 1920, 1927, 1931 (Quinta do Bragao), 1934, 1935, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2011
Quinta do Vau Vintages:1988
Vau Vintages:1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2011
Quinta do Bragao Vintages:1931 (Sandeman)
Val de Mendiz Vintages:1908
Quinta do Seixo Vintages:2013

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseSandemanVintage1873
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetPharmacy and burned sugar in the nose.Score range16.00 - 20.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and old with burned sugar in flavour. Complex and elegant. Holding together. Lovely long and attractive finish. What a wonderful old port. Still enjoyable. Marvellous.Average score18.00
Last tasted27th April 2001Point this date20.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% trip to Douro.
The bottle came from Anders G. Åkesson’s Collection Point set when I knew what is was.
TastersSAI
HouseSandemanVintage1908
ColourBeautiful, mature amber in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetVery complex nose of orange zest, rosemary, butterscotch, cacao, old hospital and crème caramel.Score range19.25 - 19.25
TasteLovely body. Mature of course and very tasty with rosemary, orange zest, crème caramel and lots of other things. Sweet but balanced and very complex with a marvellous and almost incredible finish. Thanks’ heaven for wonderful Port WineAverage score19.25
Last tasted25th March 2016Point this date19.25
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage1911
ColourYellow mature in colour with some cloudiness.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar, toffee, ginger, molasses and cinnamon in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature, almost peaking but with some sign of age. However, tasty with toffee and burned sugar in the mouth. Balanced and quite elegant with a nice finish. Will not be better so drink up.Average score
Last tasted27th July 2016Point this date16.00
CommentAt home with the family and a wine connoisseur.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage1927
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetLiquorice, coffee, cacao, dried fruit, roses and orange zest in the nose.Score range16.75 - 18.75
TasteWonderful body. Mature and very elegant. Very tasty with spiciness, roses, orange zest and much more in taste. Complex and sweet with a wonderful and long finish. Lovely port indeed!!Average score17.75
Last tasted25th March 2016Point this date18.75
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage1934
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCrème caramel, cinnamon and burned sugar in the nose.Score range18.75 - 18.75
TasteFull- bodied. Mature and at its peak. Perfect port. Complex balanced and excellent with a marvellous finish. Wonderful.Average score
Last tasted27th April 2001Point this date18.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% trip to Douro.
TastersSAI
HouseSandemanVintage1935
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCrème caramel, cinnamon and burned sugar in the nose.Score range18.50 - 18.50
TasteFull- bodied. Mature and at its peak. Complex and balanced. Burned sugar in flavour. Excellent with a never ending finish. Wonderful.Average score
Last tasted27th April 2001Point this date18.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% trip to Douro.
TastersSAI
HouseSandemanVintage1942
ColourYellow mature and almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetOld grocery shop, ginger, cinnamon and cacao in the nose.Score range17.25 - 17.25
TasteQuite full bodied. Mature. Elegant and balanced port but surprisingly dry. Complex and very attractive with a long, dry finish. Astonishing!Average score
Last tasted29th March 2013Point this date17.25
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage1943
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetPharmacy, ether and burned sugar in the nose.Score range15.00 - 15.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and quite old. Knit together anyhow with a quite attractive and nice finish.Average score
Last tasted23rd December 2010Point this date15.00
CommentAt home with the family.
Very low level in this bottle.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage1945
ColourBeautiful yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetViolet, crème caramel, cacao, ginger and much more.Score range18.50 - 18.50
TasteFull bodied. Mature and at its peak. Sweet. Very complex and very elegant with delicious and never ending finish. What a port!!Average score
Last tasted10th June 1998Point this date18.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI
HouseSandemanVintage1946
ColourYellow tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetPharmacy, ether and old hospital in the nose.Score range
TasteMedium body. Mature and quite old. A rather simple old port with alcohol in flavour but a quite nice finish. Quite drinkable and interesting.Average score
Last tasted23rd December 2007Point this date15.25
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage1947
ColourMature rather dark tawny in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetComplex crème caramel, nuts, fudge and toffee in the nose.Score range17.50 - 18.00
TasteQuite full-body. Very mature but still in a way peaking and attractive. Some sweetness. Taste a lot of fudge and toffee. Complex port, elegant and balanced with a wonderful, exciting, long and lovely finish.Average score17.75
Last tasted18th April 2013Point this date18.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdals 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
HouseSandemanVintage1950
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetComplex pharmacy, ether and old hospital in the nose.Score range16.50 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Complex and lovely port with a long and attractive finish. Wonderful indeed.Average score16.75
Last tasted16th January 2003Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage1953
ColourQuite dark almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetToffee, cream candy, desert and crème caramel in the nose.Score range16.90 - 16.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and elegant with complexity. Crème caramel and cream candy in taste. Sweet with a lovely and very attractive finish. Easy to drink, enjoy and love!Average score
Last tasted7th May 2017Point this date16.90
CommentAt home with the family.
The bottle was below shoulder. The bottle came from Anders G. Åkesson’s Collection
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage1957
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, toffee, violet and coffee in the nose.Score range
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Sweet. Complex and attractive port from a rare vintage. Excellent finish. Very good indeed.Average score
Last tasted29th November 1993Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI
HouseSandemanVintage1958
ColourBeautiful, yellow mature almost amber in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetGinger, cinnamon, butter-scotch, berry, some orange, toffee and crème caramel and even some Christmas spiciness in the nose.Score range16.90 - 17.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and maybe even over its peak but sweet and elegant. Cinnamon, coffee, butter-scotch, spiciness and much more in flavour. A long and very attractive finish.Average score17.13
Last tasted17th November 2016Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Semi-Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdals 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
HouseSandemanVintage1959
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCrème caramel and old grocery shop in nose.Score range
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Elegant and complex Long and delicious finish. Quite extraordinary for the vintage.Average score
Last tasted27th April 2001Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% trip to Douro.
This was the only house declared this vintage to our knowledge.
TastersSAI
HouseSandemanVintage1960
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetComplex crème caramel, cinnamon and burned sugar in the nose.Score range17.00 - 19.00
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Elegant and complex port with an attractive, long and exciting finish.Average score17.66
Last tasted5th February 2004Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage1963
ColourStill dark but beautiful, mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings13
BouquetVery complex nose of coffee, cacao, cream candy, butterscotch, tea, ginger, cinnamon and much more.Score range17.00 - 18.75
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and on top. Mostly fudge, cacao, butterscotch and toffee in taste Very tasty indeed. Balanced and complex port with a generous, lovely and attractive finish which never seem to end. What a wonderful port!!Average score17.79
Last tasted25th February 2017Point this date17.75
CommentAt home in our Private Wine Club in Malmö.

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
HouseSandemanVintage1966
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings17
BouquetComplex crème caramel, menthol, ginger, coffee and cinnamon in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Very complex with flavour of cinnamon and crème caramel. Long and lovely finish.Average score16.51
Last tasted17th July 2012Point this date16.75
CommentAt home with the family.

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
HouseSandemanVintage1967
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetCrème caramel, ginger and cinnamon in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.75
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Complex and attractive port with a long and elegant finish. Quite good.Average score16.33
Last tasted29th April 2005Point this date15.75
CommentIn a friend’s home.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage1968
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetPharmacy, old hospital and spring flowers in the nose.Score range
TasteMedium body. Light but mature and peaking and even a little more. Some alcoholic flavour. Enjoyable and easy to drink and like with a decent finish.Average score
Last tasted29th November 1993Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI
HouseSandemanVintage1970
ColourYellow mature quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings8
BouquetWonderful bouquet of toffee, butterscotch, cinnamon, ginger clove and spiciness in the nose.Score range15.50 - 18.25
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Mature and at its peak with lots of spiciness suck as ginger, cinnamon clove and much more in taste. Balanced and very elegant with a delicious sweetness. A wonderful, extremely long and very attractive finish which never seem to end. This is the best Sandeman 1970 we ever have had!Average score16.24
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date18.25
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.
1 bottle has been defect.

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
HouseSandemanVintage1972
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetComplex and generous bouquet of toffee, coffee, crème caramel and old grocery shop. What a nose!!Score range
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and at its peak. Wonderful flavour of nuts. Long complex, balanced and attractive finish. Unbelievable for the vintage!Average score
Last tasted6th April 2012Point this date17.00
CommentAt home with the family.
What a wonderful port from this year!
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage1975
ColourYellow mature very nice in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetCandy, toffee, cream candy, roses and a hint of crème caramel in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking with some sweetness a taste dominated of liquorice, toffee, candy and roses. Balanced, complex and quite elegant with a long and lovely finish.Average score16.53
Last tasted6th November 2017Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

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
HouseSandemanVintage1977
ColourMature, beautiful yellow in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetLiquorice, crème caramel, toffee, Christmas raisin and ginger in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.50
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Balanced and elegant. Very complex and attractive port with a long and generous finish. Very good indeed.Average score16.75
Last tasted19th September 2013Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% in Malmö.

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
HouseSandemanVintage1980
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow mature rim.Number of tastings5
BouquetComplex nose of cinnamon ginger and spiciness.Score range15.75 - 16.25
TasteQuite mature. Sweet and elegant. Very long and intensive finish. Very attractive port indeed.Average score15.95
Last tasted10th July 1998Point this date16.25
CommentOn a private trip to Douro.
TastersSAI
HouseSandemanVintage1982
ColourYellow mature quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings28
BouquetFudge, toffee, menthol, saffron and burned candy in the nose.Score range15.00 - 16.75
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and at its peak even if still some soft tannin exists. Burned candy in taste. Sweet. Elegant port with an attractive finish.Average score15.98
Last tasted20th November 2014Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection. Some bottles of the 1982 have been great and lovely but some have not had this standard. Difficult vintage to judge.

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
HouseSandemanVintage1985
ColourStill rather dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetToffee, cacao and some fudge in the nose.Score range14.75 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and even a bit old with some acidity. In taste. Still rather balanced and interesting. Easy to enjoy with a quite nice finish but Sandman’s 1985 have never been convincing.Average score15.25
Last tasted26th September 2015Point this date15.75
CommentAt home with the family.
3 out of 5 bottles have been defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage1994
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings8
BouquetMature fruit, prune, figs and some cherry in the nose.Score range15.25 - 16.40
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and peaking. Mature fruit. Figs and prune in flavour. Complex and balanced port with a lovely and attractive finish. We do not think it will be better but are not quite sure.Average score15.88
Last tasted6th November 2017Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
1 bottle has been corked.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage2000
ColourStill dark blue in colour but with a thin yellow edge.Number of tastings10
BouquetButterscotch, crème caramel and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.75
TasteFull-bodied. Rather mature but with still some soft delicate tannin. Butterscotch and crème caramel in taste. Very complex and promising port. A long runner we believe. Balanced and complex port with a marvellous finish.Average score16.21
Last tasted22nd April 2016Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London This bottle, “Spirit” is No 2 part of a release of 6 bottles with special labels to celebrate the 225th Anniversary of Sandeman.
The content is the same as in the ordinary Sandeman Vintage 2000.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSandemanVintage2003
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy and dark berry in the nose.
TasteQuite full-bodied. Immature and lots of tannins. Hard to swallow. Long attractive and promising finish.
Last tasted6th November 2006Rating 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
HouseSandemanVintage2011
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetVery fruit, juice and dark berry in the nose.Score range16.75 - 16.75
TasteQuite full-bodied. Immature and lots of tannins. Long attractive and promising finish.Average score
Last tasted22nd April 2016Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London
TastersJB

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