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Est. 2011

Vieira de Sousa

Sociedade Roncão Pequeno, Lda

Founded 1925, re-opened 2011
Owner The family Vieira de Sousa
Vineyards Quinta do Roncão Pequeno, Quinta da Agua Alta, Quinta do Espinhal, Quinta do Bom Dia, Quinta do Fojo Velho and Quinta da Fonte
Vintage Port Brands Souza (not in use since last century), Vieira de Sousa (first vintage 2009), Bom Dia

Vieira de Souza was created as a subsidiary to Barros Almeida & C:a. Manuel Barros asked the well-regarded Port blender Alcino Vieira de Souza to join and start a company with him and the house of Vieira de Souza was created. They used the brand Souza for their Vintage Port. When Alcino Vieira de Souza died in 1941 Barros took over the company. However, Sogevinus purchased Barros in 2006 and the name was discontinued.

In 2011 the family of Vieira de Sousa, with wine maker Luisa Borges, re-opened their family house. The same year she bottled her first Vintage Port, 2009, under the brand Vieira de Sousa. The new company, Sociedade Roncão Pequeno, Lda, was named after one of their Quintas. The winery, and home of the family, is situated at Quinta da Fonte.

To avoid confusion, it is worth mentioning that this company is not connected to Souza Guedes & Irmao, that is part of the Real Companhia Velha group.

Vieira de Sousa Vintages:2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017
Vieira de Souza Vintages:1947, 1955, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1997
Bom Dia Vintages:2018

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseVieira de SouzaVintage1970
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetViol and mulberry in the nose.Score range16.75 - 16.75
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Viol in flavour. Elegant, complex and balanced port with a lovely finish. Very good indeed.Average score
Last tasted13th November 2008Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal’s Private Collection.

In 2008 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseVieira de SouzaVintage1975
ColourYellow almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetToffee, candy and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.25
TasteMedium body. Mature, peaking and even a little old with toffee in taste. Easy to drink and like. Quite elegant and balanced but with a short but interesting finish.Average score
Last tasted6th September 2014Point this date15.25
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseVieira de SouzaVintage1978
ColourMature amber in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetFudge, cream candy, toffee zest of oranges and fig in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Will not be better. Sweet but balanced and quite complex. Elegant with crème caramel and butterscotch in taste. Easy to drink with a nice and rather long finishAverage score
Last tasted6th August 2016Point this date16.40
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseVieira de SouzaVintage1983
ColourStill rather dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetLovely bouquet with candy, liquorice, cacao, dark chocolate and cream candy in the nose.Score range16.75 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and will not be better. Balanced and very attractive in taste dominated of candy, toffee, cacao, chocolate and much more. Sweet and very attractive and tasty finish. Drink it and enjoy life!Average score
Last tasted24th December 2019Point this date16.75
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseViera de SousaVintage1985
ColourYellow, mature, quite dark and beautiful in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetToffee, crème caramel, candy, butterscotch, vanilla and burned sugar in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking with some delicious old acidity. Balanced and quite elegant with taste of burned sugar, burned candy, vanilla and crème caramel. The finish is rather long and quite nice. Will not be better so drink up as soon as you can! The port is very enjoyable now!Average score16.08
Last tasted19th September 2020Point this date15.75
CommentTasted at the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseVieira de SousaVintage2009
ColourBlue in colour with a yellow rim..Number of tastings2
BouquetMulberry, dark berry, oranges zest in the nose but also some coffee and spiciness.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Easy to drink and like with soft and quite delicate tannin but quite mature. Balanced and rather complex port. Mulberry and spiciness in taste with a nice and very interesting finish. Very easy to drink and enjoy.Average score
Last tasted6th November 2017Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseVieira de SousaVintage2011
ColourStill almost black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetLoaded with fruit, dark berry, black berry and mulberry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Dark berry and mulberry in flavour. Quite tannic, but balanced. A quite long and promising finish.
Last tasted2nd November 2015Rating this dateVery Good
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseVieira de SousaVintage2015
ColourVery dark blue in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetMulberry, some spiciness, dried fruit and some cacao in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature but quite tannic port. Balanced and quite elegant Easy to drink and enjoy bur a modern port style with a nice finish.
Last tasted3rd March 2018Rating this dateVery Good/ Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseVieira de SousaVintage2016
ColourQuite dark ruby in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetDark cherry, blackberry and some delicate mulberry but also spiciness with pepper and paprika in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature with delicate tannin but balanced with dark berry and spiciness in taste. Easy to like and enjoy with a nice and quite long and tannic finish.
Last tasted2nd March 2019Rating this dateVery Good/ Impressive
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseVieira de SousaVintage2017
ColourDark ruby almost black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetMulberry, blue berry, blackberry and fruit in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Soft and with very elegant tannins. Balanced and easy to drink and quite enjoyable already today. Lots of berry and fruit in taste and with a quite elegant and rather attractive finish.
Last tasted29th February 2020Rating this dateVery Good/ Impressive
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.

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

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