Est. 2011

Silva & Cosens

Silva & Cosens Lda

Founded 1798
Owner Historical name not currently used. Owned by the Symington family

It began in 1798 when Bruno da Silva, a Portuguese merchant from Oporto, made a journey which was the opposite to that of the first British merchants. Bruno set up in London from where he imported wine from his native country. The Port shipping business was continued by Bruno’s son, John da Silva who in 1862 brought into partnership Frederick William Cosens. Together with John’s son, Edward, they became the active partners in Silva & Cosens. With the continuing expansion of the firm, Edward da Silva and Frederick Cosens were joined by George Acheson Warre, whose well known family had been involved in the Port trade since its earliest years. ‘GAW’ joined as partner in 1868 and became its driving force in Portugal. In 1877, Silva & Cosens merged with another leading Port company, Dow & Co. Although smaller than Silva & Cosens, Dow & Co had become a very highly regarded Port producer with a particularly fine reputation for its Vintage Ports and when the two companies merged, it was decided to adopt Dow as the brand name.

Silva & Cosens Vintages:1887*, 1890*, 1896*, 1899*, 1901*, 1902*, 1915, 1947

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseSilva & CosensVintage1915
ColourYellow almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar, toffee, cacao, crème caramel and some pharmacy in the nose.Score range17.25 - 17.25
TasteMedium body. Mature and even at bit old bur knit together anyhow. Elegant and balanced with some pharmacy and burned sugar in taste. Attractive taste and long finish. Astonishing port for the vintage indeed.Average score
Last tasted20th December 2015Point this date17.25
CommentAt home with the family.
This port was bottled in Denmark by Carl Krumbak & Co., in Copenhagen
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSilva & CosensVintage1947
ColourTawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, coffee and cream candy in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and maybe even a little old but very elegant. Balanced and quite complext. Easy to drink and like. Cacao and dark chocolate in taste and very sweet with a very nice finishAverage score
Last tasted14th April 2017Point this date16.40
CommentAt home with the family.
This bottle belongs to Anders G. Åkesson’s collection.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

Last tasted:

11th May
Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association 1985
Quinta da Corte 2020
Quinta da Corte 2021
Pocas Jr 1985
Vasconcellos 1985
8th May
Fonseca-Guimaraens 2012
5th May
Berry Bros 1970
Factory House 1977
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1976
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1978
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1988
Kopke 1974
Kopke 1989
Offley Boa Vista 1982
Osborne 1970
Quinta do Bomfim
Dow 1986
Quinta do Panascal
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1984


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