Kopke Late Bottled Vintage Port
LBV Port shares the character of a Vintage Port but matures earlier and is less expensive. It is given 4-6 years in cask then transferred to bottle to complete its ageing, whereas a declared Vintage has only 2 years in wood, maturing slowly in bottle for a decade or more.
It is made from the traditional grapes from Douro, mainly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Sousão. Once opened, LBV Ports should be consumed within 2 to 4 months.
LBV is the ideal choice to combine with a chocolate mint cheesecake, a pear and chocolate millefeuille or simply to enjoy with cheeses of medium intensity. It can also be served with main courses of meat, like peppered steak or veal cutlet with Bérnaise sauce.
A complex and aromatic nose, on which the intense bouquet of very ripe berries prevail, especially blackberry and raspberry, with subtle notes of black pepper wrapped in notes of aged wood. It starts delicate but richness develops in the mouth; assertive tannins engaging the palate with the flavours of ripe berries as well a hint of dark chocolate. A long and velvety finish.
About the Producer
C N Kopke
Formed in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son Nicolau, the House of Kopke is the oldest established Porto wine export firm. Through many generations, the Company was run by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.
Kopke passed to the Bohane family at the end of the 19th century, who tried to run it from London, where they had most of their economic interests. But the geographical distance and the two World Wars disabled their control of the House and they decided to sell.
In 1953 and after some negotiations, Manuel Barros, bought Kopke where it became part of the Barros Group which includes other port houses such as Hutcheson and Feuerheerd. Manuel Barros and his Sons, João and Manuel, ran the company until the middle of the 1970s.
In 2006 the Sogevinus Group, looking to widen its presence in Port wines, took control of Barros’ interests, the vineyards and production of Kopke along with Hutcheson and Feuerheerd.