Monthly Archives: April 2013

Vintage Port 1947 Tasting

The Wine Society 18% arranged the second Jubilee tasting celebrating the 20th year anniversary on the 18th of April. We had our first Jubilee tasting in February with the Semi-Great Tasting of the Vintage 1979. This time we had a tasting of the magnificent Vintage 1947. Even if the expectations were high on a Vintage like that, we were very surprised to find that all 8 Vintage Ports were still very good and very complex.  Vintage1947

For the evening we were able to set up a really strong set up with 8 Vintages, some of them from top producers.

The following Vintage Ports were in the tasting, in this order:

  1. Sandeman
  2. Rebello Valente
  3. Quinta do Roncao
  4. Cockburn
  5. Messias
  6. Warre’s
  7. Dow’s
  8. Fonseca

We were surprised to see that all bottles were still fresh, and none of the wines had tendencies to crack although Messias was slightly tired. They were all rather pale red, almost tawny in the colour. Fonseca, and also Sandeman were a bit more colourful than the others.

Overall we thought the Vintage 1947 lived up to its reputation and we hope we can taste even more Vintage Port from 1947 this year.

You find more information about the tasting and also tasting notes here.

Our Easter tasting

During Easter we tasted the Vintage 1942. It is a very rare Vintage for us, just one of us had tasted this year before. The two bottles we tasted were excellent and much better than we had believed. It was Sandeman and Graham’s we tasted and especially the Graham’s developed in a fantastic way in the glass but they were both equally good. Have any of you enjoyed a 1942 recently? Please inform us about your opinion.


In addition, we tasted Quinta do Jordao for the very first time. The quinta is better known as Quinta do Sibio, and under that name we have tasted it four times in the past. We had managed to get hold of two different vintages, 1950 and 1958, of Quinta do Jordao, and they were astonishingly good.


Have you tasted this Quinta or do you know of any other vintages from this Quinta? We do not!