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, 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 tastings18
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., very elegant and rather complex finishAverage score15.61
Last tasted11th March 2023Point this date15.90
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 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
ColourYellow mature in colour. But rather dark.Number of tastings4
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 range14.25 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Quite mature. Today rather simple in taste with dark berries and some fruit. Not at alla what we are expecting. Easy to drink but today quite short in the finish. Not at all what we are used to from this port.Average score15.35
Last tasted26th May 2022Point this date14.25
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:

28th May
Butler Nephew 1960
27th May
Barros 1982
20th May
Maynard 2002
19th May
Quinta dos Malvedos
Graham 2012
13th May
Alves de Sousa 2009
8th May
Messias 1982
5th May
Quinta Vale D. Maria 2011
4th May
Messias 1965
Messias 1967
Messias 1997
Messias 2003
Messias 2005
Messias 2007
Messias 2011
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 1960
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 1963
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 1967
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 1970
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 1977
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 1979
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 1982
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 1983
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 1984
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 1989
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 2009


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