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Champalimaud

Champalimaud - Montez, Lda

Founded 1922
Owner Champalimaud family
Vineyards Quinta do Côtto
Vintage Port Brands Champalimaud

Before 1976 the family sold all its grapes to other producers but when Miguel Champalimaud took over the strategy was changed. He was the first who exported port wine after the new law of the 7th of May 1986 direct from Douro. Monte family has own the Quinta do Cotto since13th century. The direct male line of Champalimaud was extinguished in 1915 but through marriage with Champalimaud’s daughter Dina Charlota Casimira to Joao Batista de Araujo Montez the name continued with the direct Montez male line.

Champalimaud Vintages:1982, 1989, 1995, 2001

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseChampalimaudVintage1982
ColourVery dark blue in colour. Astonishing!Number of tastings1
BouquetQuite mature in the nose with dark berry, plums coffee, cacao and ginger bread.Score range15.25 - 15.25
TasteMedium body still with quite a lot of tannin. Balanced with ginger-bread in taste. Dry. Very tasty and elegant with a quite long and attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted20th November 2014Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö

In 2014 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseChampalimaudVintage1989
ColourYellow, mature in colour but still rather dark.Number of tastings4
BouquetLovely bouquet with crème caramel, chocolate, figs and some cacao in the nose.Score range14.25 - 16.25
TasteMedium bodied. Mature but still some tannins and will develop more and be better. Creme caramel, butterscotch and old grocery shop in taste. Very impressive port with an attractive finish.Average score15.25
Last tasted21st November 2019Point this date16.00
CommentTasted at the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseChampalimaudVintage1995
ColourBlack colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetAlcoholic, fruity and juicy bouquet.
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and lots of tannin. Very hard to swallow and appreciate. Nice finish and an exiting port.
Last tasted3rd November 1998Rating this dateVery good/ Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseChampalimaudVintage2001
ColourYellow mature quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetMulberry, dark berry, ginger, cacao and Christmas spiciness in the nose.Score range16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and will probably not be better. Very elegant and balanced. Very tasty with, candy, butterscotch, ginger and spiciness in the mouth. Rather modern style of port with a nice, quite long and very interesting finish. Easy to drink and to enjoy.Average score15.75
Last tasted24th December 2017Point this date16.00
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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