2007 Vintage Port Part II

2007 Vintage Port Part II

This tasting includes all the wines missing from earlier tastings in London. For some reason none of the 2007s from Sogevinus appeared in the UK. I was surprised to find the wines from Cálem, Burmester, Barros and Kopke bottled with short corks. I have included Niepoort in this tasting again as a point of reference. See my report posted on 27th May for more on the background on the 2007 vintage.

Niepoort ****

Good, deep colour; rich yet quite restrained on the nose with ripe, perfumed fruit underlying; rich, full and mouth-filling, peppery-spicy tannins rising to a full finish. Very well-balanced and harmonious with fine, pure length. Complete. Impressive. 18

Cálem ** / ***

Very deep, almost inky intensity; fresh, lifted aromas, wild mint and a touch of hedgerow; quite soft, sweet, spicy, firm verging on austere, slightly one dimensional mid-palate but well-balanced, with a mouth-filling but slightly green finish. Well-made short to middle distance wine. 2013 – 2025. 14.5

Burmester ***

Again, very deep in colour; rich, quite opulent initially, opening up to reveal a touch of hedge row; rich, round and fleshy with soft ripe tannins rising in the mouth leading to a big, rich sweet berry fruit finish, ripe, lacks the focus and definition of some 2007 but an impressive wine nonetheless. 2017 - 2030 16

Barros **

Similar deep opaque colour; open, fragrant berry fruit aromas; fine, fresh, soft and quite light in style, peppery tannins rising in the mouth leading to a rather firm, lean finish. This would make an enjoyable drink now and over the next ten years. 14.

Kopke *** / ****

Deep, opaque colour; closed on the nose, rather heady and spirity at this stage; ripe, solid foursquare style, full-bodied with a powerful, ripe tannic core 
and a big chewy-chunky finish. Still needs time to knit together but this should develop into a very impressive Port for the medium to long term. Drink from 2022. 16.5

Quinta de la Rosa ***

Very good deep colour; quite restrained on the nose; fine, fresh and well defined with good purity of fruit and fine sinewy tannins, bitter-sweet chocolate, not a big wine but elegant and well-balanced with fine berry fruit length. Very good for the medium term. 2017 onwards.16


Location: The Barn at The Rookery


19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)

17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)

15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)

13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)

10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)

8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)

Below 8 Faulty