Gould Campbell was founded in 1797 when Garret Gould, prompted by the political strife wracking his native Ireland, sailed to the hospitable shores of Portugal where he established the firm of Messrs. Gould Brothers & Co., operating from both Lisbon and Oporto.
The firm survived the trials of the Peninsula War which followed a few years later, when the Anglo-Portuguese army of the Duke of Wellington expelled the French invaders, and soon became very successful bringing into partnership the prestigious Merchants and Bankers Messrs. James Campbell & Co. Gould Campbell came to establish a reputation for the excellent quality of their Ports and their Vintage Ports in particular.
1985 Vintage Port ... Six Ports stood out from the rest of the Shippers cask samples. In order of preference they were Fonseca, Graham, Gould Campbell, Cockburns, Dow and Taylor.
Anthony Rose, The Independent
1985 Gould Campbell ... One of the surprises of my tastings, the 1985 Gould Campbell had an intense nose of chocolate, full bodied with layers of fruit. It finishes sweeter than some of the other Ports with a great deal of tannin. Anticipates maturity: 1995-2010. Recommended.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
1985 Vintage Port ... Others which impressed me in that same stern stuff included Churchill-Graham, Gould Campbell, Sandeman and Taylor.
Jancis Robinson, Evening Standard
1985 Vintage Port ... I should put in a word also for Gould Campbell, a second division brand from the Symington stable, but showing exceptionally well in the best company, with great depth of colour and classic structure.
Ausonius, The Spectator