COCKBURNS - Vintage 1963Vintage Port
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In general rather similar to 1960 but perhaps with more concentration, freshness and breed. (Written by JHS in 1968)
Another of the great years. Big, robust, fruity, long lasting. It still has life and will continue to improve. One of the years when it was clear shippers would declare a Vintage the moment the first grape was picked. (Written by P.M.Cobb in 1990)
It’s not big and intense but it makes for a firm evocation of Douro schist. Real Port, so delicious it’s difficult not to swallow. (First sign of weakening resolve.) Deep roasted cherry scent. Full, rich, ingratiating, gripping. (Written by Joshua Greene in W&S Dec. 1999).
Generally acclaimed as a great year. I must confess to being in a minority of one against the universal chorus of praise, as in the wine’s younger days I was never particularly struck with it. However, as the Vintage reached maturity, my opinion changed markedly, and I have recently drunk some quite beautiful bottles of Cockburn’s. (Written by Wyndham Fletcher in “Port an Introduction to its History and Delights”)