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Messias

Sociedade Agrícola e Comercial dos Vinhos Messias

Founded 1926
Owner Baptista family
Vineyards Quinta do Cachão, Quinta do Rei
Vintage Port Brands Messias, Quinta do Cachão, Quinta do Rei, Tres Arcos, Burton, Prime, Intermares, Tower's
Web-site www.cavesmessias.pt

Sociedade Agrícola e Comercial dos Vinhos Messias, S. A., was established in 1926 by Mr. Messias Baptista that got involved in the Port Wine business and production in 1934 but start shipping vintage port in 1950s. Today, the descendants are in the board of directors.

Quinta do Cachão is located in the Cima Corgo, the most rugged and inaccessible region in the entire Douro region. Although it did provide excellent conditions for the production of Port Wine, this landscape of steep slopes, which drop vertically into the river, did not begin to be used for the cultivation of wines until the early years of the 19th century. The major reason which prevented exporters from cultivating this region was the Cachão da Valeira, a huge rock which blocked the Douro River and obstructed all navigation, making it impossible to transport wines to Vila Nova de Gaia, at the mouth of the Douro River, and from there to ship them around the world. When the rock was finally demolished in 1807, the river became navigable, and slowly Port wine producers began to build new Estates in this region. This was the case of the Quinta do Cachão, which owes its name to famous Cachão da Valeira. Vineyards were first planted in 1845 by the Barão do Seixo, which sold the property years latter to Afonso Cabral. Once the plague had been overcome, the heirs of Afonso Cabral kept the Estate in the family, until 1956, when it was purchased by Messias in a very run down state and 1958 Messias purchased the neighbouring Quinta do Rei from Gonzales- Byass and began a complete renovation of the Quinta do Cachão.

Until 2009 the label Quinta do Cachão (or only Cachão) was used on some markets for the exact same wine as Messias. 2009 was the first time two different Vintages were produced in the same year, both Messias and Quinta do Cachão.

Messias Vintages:1955, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2011, 2017
Quinta do Cachao Vintages:1955, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1975 (?), 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
Quinta do Rei Vintages:1960, 1982
Burton Vintages:1982, 1984, 1997
Prime's Vintages:1984, 1989, 1997, 2011
Intermares Vintages:1982
Tres Arcos Vintages:1980, 1982, 1983, 1984
Tower's Vintages:1989, 1997

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseMessiasVintage1947
ColourBeautiful tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDried fruit, boysenberry, French plums, melon and mushroom in the nose.Score range15.90 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and maybe a little old but elegant and balanced. Boysenberry and mushroom in taste. Quite long and attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted18th April 2013Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Ander G. Åkesson’s Private Collection.

In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage1963
ColourLight coloured tawny with an olive green rim.Number of tastings1
BouquetSweet burned candy, fudge and pharmacy in the nose.Score range15.00 - 15.00
TasteMedium body. Seemed a bit old and had some alcoholic taste, but easy to drink and in a way knit together anyhow. Nice finish.Average score
Last tasted23rd November 2013Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage1980
ColourRather yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar bouquet.Score range
TasteLight in body. Sweet. Easy to drink and like. Attractive with a good finish.Average score
Last tasted25th January 1990Point this date14.75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI
HouseMessiasVintage1982
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetCinnamon and fruit in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.25
TasteMedium body and rather mature. Sweet. Balanced and fruity. Good finish and easy to drink.Average score
Last tasted21st March 2019Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
2 bottles have been defect (corked), including the last. Tasting notes from January 1990
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage1983
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetCoffee and tea in the nose.Score range14.50 - 15.00
TasteMedium body. Sweet. Easy to like and drink. Nice finish.Average score14.75
Last tasted18th January 1996Point this date14.50
CommentAt home with friends.
TastersSAI, JB
HouseMessiasVintage1985
ColourImpressive dark colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings4
BouquetPharmacy in the nose.Score range14.50 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Rather mature and easy to like and drink. Quite attractive finish.Average score15.13
Last tasted30th October 2003Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2003
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetFruity and dark cherry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature and lots of tannin. Good and quite easy to like. Not a long runner.
Last tasted12th November 2007Rating this dateVery good
CommentAy the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2005
ColourQuite dark with a yellow edge.Number of tastings1
BouquetPharmacy, old hospital and some volatile acidity in the nose.Score range13.90 - 13.90
TasteMedium body. Quite unbalanced and alcoholic. Drinkable when we started but very soon the volatile acidity took over. The finish was quite short and nit quite okay. Hard to give aggregable points. This bottle was defect even if it was agreeable in the beginning.Average score
Last tasted29th October 2016Point this date13.90
CommentAt home with the family.
This bottle was defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2009
ColourStill quite dark but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetOld grocery shop, cinnamon, almond and spiciness in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Rather mature and almost peaking but will be better. However, the port is very attractive and easy to drink already today. Balanced and very elegant indeed. Old grocery shop and cinnamon in taste with a lovely and interesting finish. Drink it and enjoy it!Average score
Last tasted9th May 2018Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London, Great Britain.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2011
ColourStill rather dark but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetRoasted coffee, cacao and old grocery shop in the nose. Quite elegant bouquet.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Balanced with some soft and very elegant tannins. Quite mature but will be better. The finish is quite attractive and so is the port but with a quite modern style.Average score
Last tasted4th November 2019Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2017
ColourRuby in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetOak, vanilla, dark fruit and dark berry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Of course immature but with some very soft and elegant tannins. Vanilla, dark berry and fruit in taste with a quite elegant finish. Promising, modern port which will be interesting to follow.
Last tasted4th November 2019Rating this dateImpressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

Old Colheita/Tawny tasting notes:

HouseMessiasColheita1966
ColourBright tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar, caramel, hazelnuts and molasses in the nose.Bottled2016
TasteMedium body. Mature and with the colheita acidity. Balanced with integrated sweetness. Raisin, burned sugar and nuts in taste. Easy to drink and like with a nice crème caramel finish.Score range
Last tasted9th May 2018Point this date16.50
CommentAt The Big Fortified Tasting in London, Great Britain.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

Last tasted:

16th November
Quinta do Bomfim
Dow 1988
9th November
Melford
Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association 1980
Três Arcos
Messias 1980
8th November
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1998
4th November
Alves de Sousa 2017
Barros 2016
Blackett 2013
Blackett 2017
Boeira 2016
Borges & Irmao 2015
Bulas Special Edition 2017
Burmester 2017
Butler-Nephew 2017
Calem 2016
Churchill 2017
Conceito 2016
Dalva
C. da Silva 2004
DR 2001
DR 2002
Gould Campbell 1980
Graham - Malvedos 2015
Kopke 2017
Lacrau 2015
Martha’s 2017
Maynard 2016
Maynard (organic) 2016
Messias 2011
Messias 2017
Niepoort 2015
Noble & Murat 2016
Noble & Murat 2017
Palmer 2015
Quinta do Cachao
Messias 1983
Quinta da Cavadinha
Warre 2004
Quinta da Cavadinha
Warre 2006
Quinta de Ervamoira
Ramos Pinto 2005
Quinta do Infantado 1997
Quinta do Infantado 2003
Quinta das Lamelas 2016
Quinta dos Mattos 2017
Pacheca 2012
Pacheca 2016
Pacheca 2017
Quinta do Retiro Novo
Wiese & Krohn 2007
Quinta da Romaneira 2003
Quinta da Romaneira 2007
Quinta da Romaneira 2015
Quinta da Romaneira 2017
Casa de Santa Barbara
Pocas 2015
Quinta de Santa Eufemia 2014
Quinta de Santa Eufemia 2017
Quinta do Sexio
Sandeman 2013
Quinta da Sequeira 2017
Quinta Sao Luiz
Kopke 2006
Quinta da Soalheira
Borges 2017
Quinta das Tecedeiras 2014
Quinta das Tecedeiras 2016
Real Velha 2005
Reccua 2015
Sandeman 2000
San Leonardo 2017
Smith Woodhouse 1985
Quinta do Vau
Sandeman 1988
Vau
Sandeman 1997
Vieira de Sousa 2017
Vista Alegre 1999
Vista Alegre 2017
Warre 1985
Warre 2000
Warre 2017
Wiese & Krohn 2007
Wiese & Krohn 2016
Wiese & Krohn 2017

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