Established in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son, Kopke is the oldest Port wine company. Since then it has changed to other owners such as Boahne family, as well as, Barros family. Nowadays it belongs to the Spanish company, Sogevinus Fine Wines.
This wine has a brownish color and an aroma with dried fruits, honey and apricot. In the mouth it’s a very silky wine, with good complexity and persistent. Usually I prefer Kopke White 10 years old although this one is pretty nice.
Cockburn’s was founded in 1815 by Robert Cockburn, a former soldier of the British army who fought in Portugal against the French army.
Cockburn’s history will always be related to the launch of a Special Reserve label in 1969. Since then the quality of Port grapes increased a lot and the demand of a new kind of vintage – the vintage character style has born. Nowadays belongs to the Symington family.
Cockburn’s Special Reserve has a medium dark ruby color, a clean aroma with lots of balance and dark plums intensity. Beautiful texture, tannins and persistence. It deserves more attention in Portugal.