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Cockburn's 1908

Tasting Notes

Richard Mayson critic source
2012 tasting note year

This is the first time that I have tasted this legendary wine: pale golden amber in colour with a touch of olive green, disappointing at first sight; ethereal, spicy, scented nose, honey and orange blossom, slightly caramelized at the edges; lovely gentle sweet fruit, mead, wonderful texture making it a joy to hold in the mouth, fading yet still retaining power and a vestige of grip.   A very, very beautiful wine.

Score: 5 Stars

Dominic Symington critic

SFE source
2012 tasting note year

Very pale, golden.  Light.  Honey, nutmeg & spice.  A bit of citrus zest, orange flower.  Hint of smoke.  Ripe rich, wonderful flavour, absolutely sublime, delicate. ... must be one of the best glasses of port ever!!!  Flavour totally defies the colour.

Rupert Symington critic

SFE source
2012 tasting note year

Nutmeg nose.  Orange flower.  Rich and syrupy, dried cherry, apricot, excellent length and clean acidity.   Very Good.

Michael Broadbent MW critic

Vintage Wine (book, Broadbent, 2002) source
1990 tasting note year

Arguably the greatest-ever Cockburn.  Tasted several times.  At a pre-sale tasting in 1984, one bottled by Skinner & Rook, level just below top-shoulder:  palish, orange-tinged, appealing; fragrant, sultana-like, a whiff like turpentine giving away its age; still fairly sweet, assertive, powerful.

Most recently, from an old three-part, moulded bottle, top of lead capsule embossed 'Cockburn's 1908 Port', fully branded cork, level top-shoulder.  Palish ruddy-hued old tawny; good fruit, touch of mint and liquorice, fully opened out after 40 minutes, sweet, slightly rasiny, glorious and still excellent the next day.  Medium-sweet, full-bodied, very rich, good texture.  A very assertive heavyweight, yet ethereal, cognac-like, fabulous flavour.  Last tasted at home, Nov 1990.

Score: 5 Stars

James Suckling critic

Vintage Port (book, Suckling, 1990) source
1987 tasting note year

Starting to fade a bit but still shows the classic Cockburn elegance and strength.  Just slightly weaker than the 1927.  Deep garnet-red, with aromas of cherry and earth, light-bodied with a lovely balance of delicate, soft cherry flavours and an elegant finish.

More about Cockburn's

To learn more about Cockburn's here on The Vintage Port Site, read a concise Profile of the Cockburn's Brand, and detailed viticultural profiles of Quinta dos Canais and Quinta do Vale Coelho.  If you would like to learn even more about Cockburn's history and the full range of Ports styles offered, visit the Cockburn's website.

See details of other years in which this wine was made

  1. 2015
  2. 2011
  3. 2007
  4. 2003
  5. 2000
  6. 1997
  7. 1994
  8. 1991
  9. 1985
  10. 1983
  11. 1975
  12. 1970
  13. 1967
  14. 1963
  15. 1960
  16. 1955
  17. 1950
  18. 1947
  19. 1945
  20. 1935
  21. 1931
  22. 1927
  23. 1912
  24. 1904
  25. 1900
  26. 1896
  27. 1894
  28. 1890

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