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Messias

Sociedade Agrícola e Comercial dos Vinhos Messias

Founded 1926
Owner Baptista family
Vineyards Quinta do Cachão, Quinta do Rei
Vintage Port Brands Messias, Quinta do Cachão, Quinta do Rei, Tres Arcos, Burton, Prime, Intermares, Tower's
Web-site www.cavesmessias.pt

Sociedade Agrícola e Comercial dos Vinhos Messias, S. A., was established in 1926 by Mr. Messias Baptista that got involved in the Port Wine business and production in 1934 but start shipping vintage port in 1950s. Today, the descendants are in the board of directors.

Quinta do Cachão is located in the Cima Corgo, the most rugged and inaccessible region in the entire Douro region. Although it did provide excellent conditions for the production of Port Wine, this landscape of steep slopes, which drop vertically into the river, did not begin to be used for the cultivation of wines until the early years of the 19th century. The major reason which prevented exporters from cultivating this region was the Cachão da Valeira, a huge rock which blocked the Douro River and obstructed all navigation, making it impossible to transport wines to Vila Nova de Gaia, at the mouth of the Douro River, and from there to ship them around the world. When the rock was finally demolished in 1807, the river became navigable, and slowly Port wine producers began to build new Estates in this region. This was the case of the Quinta do Cachão, which owes its name to famous Cachão da Valeira. Vineyards were first planted in 1845 by the Barão do Seixo, which sold the property years latter to Afonso Cabral. Once the plague had been overcome, the heirs of Afonso Cabral kept the Estate in the family, until 1956, when it was purchased by Messias in a very run down state and 1958 Messias purchased the neighbouring Quinta do Rei from Gonzales- Byass and began a complete renovation of the Quinta do Cachão.

Until 2009 the label Quinta do Cachão (or only Cachão) was used on some markets for the exact same wine as Messias. 2009 was the first time two different Vintages were produced in the same year, both Messias and Quinta do Cachão.

Messias Vintages:1955, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011
Quinta do Cachao Vintages:1955, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1975 (?), 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
Quinta do Rei Vintages:1960, 1982
Burton Vintages:1982, 1984, 1997
Prime's Vintages:1984, 1989, 1997, 2011
Intermares Vintages:1982
Tres Arcos Vintages:1980, 1983
Tower's Vintages:1989

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseMessiasVintage1947
ColourBeautiful tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDried fruit, boysenberry, French plums, melon and mushroom in the nose.Score range15.90 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and maybe a little old but elegant and balanced. Boysenberry and mushroom in taste. Quite long and attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted18th April 2013Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Tasting in Malmö.

In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage1963
ColourLight coloured tawny with an olive green rim.Number of tastings1
BouquetSweet burned candy, fudge and pharmacy in the nose.Score range15.00 - 15.00
TasteMedium body. Seemed a bit old and had some alcoholic taste, but easy to drink and in a way knit together anyhow. Nice finish.Average score
Last tasted23rd November 2013Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage1980
ColourRather yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar bouquet.Score range
TasteLight in body. Sweet. Easy to drink and like. Attractive with a good finish.Average score
Last tasted25th January 1990Point this date14.75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI
HouseMessiasVintage1982
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetCinnamon and fruit in the nose.Score range
TasteMedium body and rather mature. Sweet. Balanced and fruity. Good finish and easy to drink.Average score
Last tasted25th January 1990Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
bottle has been defect.
TastersSAI
HouseMessiasVintage1983
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetCoffee and tea in the nose.Score range14.50 - 15.00
TasteMedium body. Sweet. Easy to like and drink. Nice finish.Average score14.75
Last tasted18th January 1996Point this date14.50
CommentAt home with friends.
TastersSAI, JB
HouseMessiasVintage1985
ColourImpressive dark colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings4
BouquetPharmacy in the nose.Score range14.50 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Rather mature and easy to like and drink. Quite attractive finish.Average score15.13
Last tasted30th October 2003Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2003
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetFruity and dark cherry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature and lots of tannin. Good and quite easy to like. Not a long runner.
Last tasted12th November 2007Rating this dateVery good
CommentAy the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2005
ColourQuite dark with a yellow edge.Number of tastings1
BouquetPharmacy, old hospital and some volatile acidity in the nose.Score range13.90 - 13.90
TasteMedium body. Quite unbalanced and alcoholic. Drinkable when we started but very soon the volatile acidity took over. The finish was quite short and nit quite okay. Hard to give aggregable points. This bottle was defect even if it was agreeable in the beginning.Average score
Last tasted29th October 2016Point this date13.90
CommentAt home with the family.
This bottle was defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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