October 15, 2008

Port and Chocolate – Cockburn’s LBV and Chocolate Bavarois

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes

Cockburn's LBV 2003 Port

Do you do anything with port other than drink it or serve it with stilton?
I’m not a great fan, by the way, of port with cheese, especially stilton. Two strong totally strong flavours that clash. Just because it is ‘tradition’ doesn’t make it right! I’m out on my own I think. A quick twitter poll resulted in an almost universal condemnation for my heretical views.
Although the wine mutineer agreed

“Nope, I’ve tried it, and in my humble opinion, the complexity of the port combats the cheese, I like a desert Riesling or Sauternes instead”

Chocolate is the way to go when matching food with port; especially the Late Bottled Vintage version. I’ve just enjoyed a rather scrummy Chocolate Bavarois (made ‘em myself, he says with a triumphant gloat) with a generous glass of Cockburns LBV – pure bliss. You have to be generous with the drink serving, none of your namby-pamby little glasses, splash a generous measure into a wine glass.

Port Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Cockburn’s Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Port , 2003, Portugal
Stockist: Asda and Morrisons 10.69 [More on UKWOL] Price: £9.99 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
Distinct chocolate notes in the wine are mingled with a deep richness and mellow complex fruits. Mulberry is often noted but to me is more sweet raisins with a little plum and sweet strawberry thrown in. A nice sweetness tempered by the tannins and a creamy mouthfeel.

Scribblings Rating – 90/100 [3.75 out of 5]

A full recipe and instructions for Chocolate Bavarois is available on SpittoonExtra.

  1. Douglas October 16, 2008

    …and all within a bottle the shape of a loo brush holder…

  2. Dylan October 16, 2008

    Great food recipe/wine pairing. I’m going to save this idea as a special reserve for my brother’s upcoming birthday. He definitely loves his chocolate and both items sound like they would complement this trait wonderfully.

  3. Oscar Quevedo October 16, 2008

    Once I tried LBV with a steak tartar of beef. It is a bit heavy but I really enjoyed it!

  4. David Bennett October 16, 2008

    look ‘ere you young whippersnapper. 20,000 years of matching port ‘n’ stilton cannot be dissed in a single posting on a blog roll!
    And its meant to be *vintage* port with properly aged stilton (unpasturised of course and known at Stichelton).
    Trying to match 2003 LBV with stilton is frankly heretical – there’s just to much fruit!!
    To match any blue Stilton (stichelton) cheese there must be a prponerance of secondary/tertiary smells and just the merest hint of the remainder of the decrepid fruit.
    If course chocolate goes with young immature LBV – but Banuylsor Maury is/are much better.


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