Cockburn Vintage Port 1985

Port Blend

Shows an abundance of thick, rich fruit and plenty of backbone. Very inky, dense color, with a rich, floral nose of berries and cherries. Full-bodied, medium sweet, with massive anise and cherry flavors and extremely well integrated tannins and acidity. - WS90

The Winery

The unique story of Port.>/b>

The story goes, that two British mer­chants trav­el­ling through Por­tu­gal’s Douro Val­ley in the sev­en­teenth cen­tury came across the monks at a monastery near Lamego drink­ing a local wine with grape spirit added to it early in its fer­men­ta­tion so that the wine kept its nat­ural sweet­ness. They de­cided to start ship­ping this wine back to Britain. The for­ti­fy­ing spirit helped to pre­serve the wine on its long sea voy­age as well as giv­ing it a unique sweet taste. This was em­bry­onic Port. The same pro­duc­tion meth­ods are, more or less, still used today. In 1756 the Mar­quis of Pom­bal (Marquês de Pom­bal) drew the lim­its of the Douro re­gion, cre­at­ing the world’s first of­fi­cially de­mar­cated wine re­gion. It is a re­gion sculpted both by na­ture and by hu­mans over cen­turies and is for this rea­son now recog­nised as a UN­ESCO World Her­itage Site.

The Cockburn Family.

In 1815, the Scots­man Robert Cock­burn and his brother John, al­ready suc­cess­ful wine mer­chants in Leith near Ed­in­burgh, set up a branch of their firm in Porto: R & J Cock­burn’s. They had many busi­ness part­ners through the years. And like all of the early Port com­pa­nies the name changed. Even­tu­ally com­ing to be known as Cock­burn’s & Co: the name that sur­vives today.

The Cock­burn fam­ily con­tin­ued to run the com­pany until well into the twen­ti­eth cen­tury. Other fam­i­lies though joined the ex­tended fam­ily of Cock­burn’s & Co dur­ing this time. The Wau­chopes, the Smithes, the Teages and the Cobbs were amongst them. The Cock­burn’s & Co fam­ily thus grad­u­ally swelled to in­clude some of the finest wine­mak­ers and Port tasters that the trade has ever known.

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