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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, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
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, 2016
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
HouseMessiasVintage1965
ColourYellow, mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, ginger, roses, herbs and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and very tasty with cacao, chocolate, ginger, roses and much more in the mouth with a lovely, quite long and quite attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted4th May 2023Point this date16.50
CommentTasted at the Great Tasting at the 30-Years Jubilee of The Wine Society 18% in Malmö.

In 2023 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage1967
ColourLight yellow and mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, candy, some toffee, zest of an orange and some honey in the nose.Score range15.00 - 15.00
TasteHardly medium body. Mature and peaking. Will not be better so drink up..Balanced and tasty. Very easy to drink today and enjoy with an elegant but maybe rather shot finish.Average score
Last tasted4th May 2023Point this date15.00
CommentTasted at the Great Tasting at the 30-Years Jubilee of The Wine Society 18% in Malmö.
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
HouseMessiasVintage1997
ColourYellow. Mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, some chocolate, toffee, herbs, cream candy and old grocery shopScore range15.50 - 15.50
TasteLovely body. Mature and peaking but with some light tannins. Balanced and quite tasty with an elegant, rather long and quite attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted4th May 2023Point this date15.50
CommentTasted at the Great Tasting at the 30-Years Jubilee of The Wine Society 18% in Malmö.

In 2023 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2003
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetFruity and dark cherry in the nose.Score range15.75 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Immature and lots of tannin. Good and quite easy to like. Not a long runner.Average score
Last tasted4th May 2023Point this date15.75
CommentTasted at the Great Tasting at the 30-Years Jubilee of The Wine Society 18% in Malmö.

In 2023 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2005
ColourQuite dark with a yellow edge.Number of tastings2
BouquetPharmacy, old hospital and some volatile acidity in the nose.Score range13.00 - 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 not quite okay. Hard to give aggregable points. This bottle was defect even if it was agreeable in the beginning.Average score13.60
Last tasted4th May 2023Point this date13.90
CommentTasted at the Great Tasting at the 30-Years Jubilee of The Wine Society 18% in Malmö.
All 3 bottles were defect.

In 2023 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2007
ColourStill quite dark but yellow, mature in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetRipe plum, chocolate, cacao, herbs and spiciness in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and almost peaking but will improve due to some very elegant and round tannins. Balanced with chocolate, cacao, herbs and spiciness in taste. With an elegant, quite long and attractive finish. A lovely port indeed.Average score16.00
Last tasted4th May 2023Point this date16.00
CommentTasted at the Great Tasting at the 30-Years Jubilee of The Wine Society 18% in Malmö.

In 2023 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
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
ColourQuite yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetRoasted coffee, cacao, some herbs, spiciness and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Balanced and quite opened and mature but will probably be better. The finish is quite attractive and elegant and so is the port but in a quite modern style.Average score15.85
Last tasted4th May 2023Point this date15.75
CommentTasted at the Great Tasting at the 30-Years Jubilee of The Wine Society 18% in Malmö.

In 2023 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2017
ColourStill quite ruby but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetCacao, chocolate, dates, vanilla, dark fruit and dark berry in the nose.Score range15.90 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Of course immature but with some very soft and elegant tannins. Vanilla, dates, chocolate, dark berry and fruit in taste with a quite elegant and rather long finish. Promising, modern port which will be interesting to follow.Average score
Last tasted31st March 2022Point this date15.90
CommentTasted at the Big Fortified Tasting in London, Great Britain
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2018
ColourVery dark ruby in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetDark berries such as mulberry, dark cherry, black berry and mature and dried fruit in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.25
TasteMedium body, Of course immature and will be better but is already drinkable and enjoyable today. Balanced and loaded with dark berries and mature fruit. The port is elegant with a lovely finish.Average score15.25
Last tasted24th November 2023Point this date15.25
CommentTasted at the Portweinmesse in Leverkusen, Germany.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseMessiasVintage2020
ColourVery dark almost black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetDark berries such as mulberry, dark cherry, black berry and dried and mature fruit in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Lots of lovely and round tannins in mouth and will improve a lot. Balanced with dark berries and fruit in taste. Elegant with a quite complex and long finish.
Last tasted24th November 2023Rating this dateVery Good
CommentTasted at the Portweinmesse in Leverkusen, Germany.

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

Old Colheita/Tawny tasting notes:

House50 year old
Messias
Tawny
ColourAmber and tawny in colour with a greenish yellow rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetWalnuts, creme caramel, burnt sugar, dried fruit, dried apricot and toffee in the nose, as well as a hint of leather.Bottled2023
TasteMedium body. Mature and with a pronounced acidity. Balanced with integrated sweetness. Nuts and toffee in taste.Score range16.75 - 17.00
Last tasted24th November 2023Point this date17.00
CommentTasted at the Portweinmesse in Leverkusen, Germany.
TastersJB, SS
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

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