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 has secured access to their own grapes.

Cruz Porto Vintages:1982, 1989, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Quinta de Ventozelo Vintages:2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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 tastings16
BouquetToffee, 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. Interesting finish with lots of liquorice. Quite astonishing port!Average score15.59
Last tasted21st November 2019Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

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 ruby in colour with a brick red edge.Number of tastings3
BouquetSweet liquorice, cacao, dark chocolate and some dried fruit and dark berries in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Very round and elegant tannins. Rather mature but will probably be better. Balanced and very soft, sweet and elegant. Liquorice and cacao with chocolate in taste. The finish is lovely and brilliant. Indeed an attractive port.Average score15.75
Last tasted9th September 2021Point this date15.75
CommentTasted at home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
ColourStill rather dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetToffee, cream candy, liquorice, some spiciness and roasted coffee in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Quite mature but still very elegant tannins and will be better.. Quite complex with liquorice, toffee, coffee and some spiciness in taste and a sweet, rather attractive and quite long finish.Average score16.72
Last tasted28th August 2021Point this date15.90
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:

24th October
Quinta Nova
Burmester 1996
22nd October
Pocas Jr 2007
17th October
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1988
16th October
Quinta da Gricha
Churchill 2006
9th October
Feist 1977
Fonseca 1977
Taylor 1977
8th October
Smith Woodhouse 2005
25th September
Quinta do Retiro Novo 2000
Wiese-Krohn 2005


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