Est. 2011

Cruz Porto

Gran Cruz Porto sociedade comercial de vinhos, Lda

Founded 1887
Owner La Martiniquaise
Vineyards Quinta de la Granja, Quinta do Castelo, Quinta de Ventozelo

The company took its name from the principle brand used by Assumpçao E. Fos founded in 1887. However the firm was founded 1901 by Manuel R. da Assunção, but the company did not start producing port until 1926. 1972 the firm was sold to French La Martiniquaise and the name was changed to Gran Cruz Porto in 1975. In 2007 Gran Cruz bought C. da Silva owing the brands Dalva and Presidential. With the acquisition of Vale de São Martinho in 2007 and Quinta de Ventozelo in 2014 Gran Cruz secured access to their own grapes. In 2023 Gran Cruz changed name to Granvinhos.

Cruz Porto Vintages:1982, 1989, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Quinta de Ventozelo Vintages:2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Vintage Port tasting notes:

ColourQuite dark and beautiful with a yellow mature colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar, cacao and crème candy in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.25
TasteQuite light in body Mature and peaking. Easy to drink and like. Candy in taste and quite tasty. Elegant and easy to drink and like with a nice 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
ColourYellow mature, very beautiful in colour.Number of tastings19
BouquetOld grocery shop with coffee, liquorice, fudge, burned candy and some crème caramel in the nose.Score range15.40 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mostly toffee, burned candy and liquorice in flavour. Mature and peaking. Balanced and tasty but quite sweet with a very elegant and rather complex finish.Average score15.63
Last tasted1st September 2023Point this date16.00
CommentTasted at home with the family.

In 2019 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
ColourStill quite dark but with a yellow mature colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetGenerous bouquet with toffee, candy, cacao and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteMedium body Quite mature and almost peaking but still with some very round and very attractive tannins and will probably improve. Balanced and very tasty with toffee, candy some cacao and old grocery shop. The finish is quite long and very impressive.Average score
Last tasted27th September 2020Point this date16.25
CommentTasted at home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
ColourStill quite dark but yellow and mature in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetSweet liquorice, cacao, dark chocolate, nuts, lots of herbs and some spiciness in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Very round and elegant tannins. Rather mature but will be better. Balanced and very soft, sweet and elegant. Liquorice and cacao with chocolate and lots of different herbs in taste. The finish is lovely and brilliant, quite long and quite attractive. Indeed an attractive port.Average score15.80
Last tasted18th January 2024Point this date15.50
CommentTasted at a Semi-Great Tasting with the Wine Society 18% in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
ColourMedium dark ruby, rather transparent with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetSome dark berries and some fruit but just a hint of some toffee and cream candy in the nose. Quite strange what we are used to.Score range14.50 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Quite mature. Today rather simple in taste with dark berries and some fruit. Not at all what we are expecting. Easy to drink but today quite short in the finish and some unbalanced acidity. Not at all what we are used to from this port.Average score15.35
Last tasted17th July 2023Point this date14.50
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
ColourStill quite dark blue in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetDried berry, roses and some perfume in the nose.Score range15.00 - 15.40
TasteMedium body. Still immature with tannins. Will improve. Spring flowers in taste. Quite attractive finish and nice finish.Average score15.20
Last tasted12th September 2014Point this date15.40
CommentIn Grand Cruz’s lodge at the trip to Oporto – Duoro with the Port Wine Club est. 1981 in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB

Last tasted:

20th April
Rozes 2006
19th April
Graham 1991
13th April
Ramos Pinto 2004
10th April
Fonseca 1977
Fonseca 2017
Quinta de Vargellas
Taylor 2005
Taylor 1977
Taylor 1997
Taylor 2017
1st April
Graham’s Malvedos 1987


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