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Senhora do Convento

Sociedade de Vinhos Senhora do Convento S.A.

Founded 1996
Owner Colt Resources Inc
Vineyards Quinta do Convento, Quinta das Heredias, Quinta do Espinhos, Quinta do Calçado
Vintage Port Brands Senhora do Convento

The Cistercian Monastery of São Pedro das Águias dates back to 1145. In 1834 the state terminated the sanction of religious orders and nationalized their lands and possessions. In 1986 São Pedro das Águias was bought by the Champagne house Vranken and the port brand São Pedro das Águias was established. Ten years later, in 1996, the estate came under the ownership of Madame Mauricette Mordant, as part of a divorce settlement from Paul Vranken. However, the Sao Pedro das Águias brand remained with the Vranken group and merged with Rozes in 2002. In 1998 Madame Mauricette Mordant expanded the vineyards of the original estate, Quinta do Convento, with three additional estates: Quinta das Heredias, Quinta do Espinhos, Quinta do Calçado. Based on grapes from these vineyards, a new brand was created, Heredias, with 1997 beeing the first vintage. A second brand, Senhora do Convento was also established, with 1999 as the first vintage. Heredias was only made until the vintage of 2001. The brand of Senhora do Convento remains, but now under new ownership.

In 2011 Montreal-based Colt Resources Inc. acquired 346 acres of property with a view to mining the tungsten underlying it. The property came with a vineyard, and the former Cistercian monastery, Convento de São Pedro das Águias. The new owners has kept the brand Senhora do Convento but Heredias seems to not be used anymore.

Senhora do Convento Vintages:1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2011

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseSenora do ConventoVintage1999
ColourRather dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetSpring flowers, cream candy, mulberry, vanilla, some toffee and some cacao in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking today even if some soft tannin still exist. Balanced and elegant. Toffee and cream candy in taste. The finish is quite long and attractive. Drink and enjoy a nice port!Average score
Last tasted12th June 2016Point this date16.00
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSenora do ConventoVintage2000
ColourStill rather dark but a yellow mature edge.Number of tastings1
BouquetOld grocery shop, cacao, coffee beans, liquorice and some spiciness in the nose.Score range15.75 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and will probably not be much better. Balanced and quite complex. Liquorice, some spiciness and cacao in taste. Nice acidity and a quite long and interesting finish. A nice port indeed.Average score
Last tasted3rd February 2018Point this date15.75
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSenora do ConventoVintage2003
ColourDark blue and lovely in colour with a yellow edge.Number of tastings2
BouquetBlack berry, mulberry, some liquorice and dark cherry in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Still rather immature and still with quite a lot of tannin. Will be much better. Dark cherry and mulberry in taste. Balanced and rather complex with maybe a little short but attractive finish.Average score16.13
Last tasted5th November 2016Point this date16.00
CommentIn a friend’s home.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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