Kopke

The House of Kopke is Portugal’s oldest Port wine export company. This iconic brand was founded by a German family with the same name in 1638, before the demarcation of the Douro wine region in 1756. (After 1756 true port wine could come from only the Douro, following stringent rules of production.) Through the years, the Kopke brand has become synonymous with prestige and is considered the leading producer of Colheita Ports.

In June 2006, Kopke was bought by the Sogevinus Group who has pledged to maintain the extraordinary quality in this established brand.

If time is marked by special moments, the history of Kopke falls in exceptional years. These are years’ worth preserving in memory, to be revived and celebrated any time. When we recover years of history, we’re recreating another: the average age determines the age at which these Kopke wines are cataloged.
The profile of the wines I sampled was magnificent and, dare I say, extravagant. With each sip, I tasted a bit of history.

The 10 Years Old White Port ($25) was structured and balanced with notes of orange peel, dried fruits, spice, and nuts on the finish. Aged for 10 years in a combination of large wooden vats and stainless steel tanks, you may want to pair this beauty with foie gras or a curry dish…don’t forget to serve it cold. The 30 Years Old White Port ($100) was aged for 30 years in seasoned oak casks and boasted a round mouthfeel with lip smacking acidity and a long, balanced finish. I found elements of nuts and dried figs on the nose and palate.

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