2013 LBV Port, Messias
Regular Vintage port is aged in wood for 20 months or so before being transferred to bottles for further ageing, while LBV (Late Bottled Vintage), as the name suggests, is bottled later - between four and six years later.
This is a relatively long period to age and in this time the port matures and settles down so that when it's bottled, it's ready to drink. Also, you don't need to decant an LBV and can serve it by the glass for a couple of weeks after opening the bottle.
Messias LBV has delicious black fruit aromas on the nose with notes of intense blackberry at the front, in the mouth there's good concentration and firm tannins.
Caves Messias is a historic family owned producer renowned for their colheita and vintage ports. Founded in 1926 by Messias Baptista, the company has remained a family owned business up to the present day. The most famous estate is Quinta do Cachão which has its slopes adjacent to the River Douro, in the sub region Cima Corgo. The vineyard was first planted in 1845 by the Baron Pebble sendomais and later acquired by family Afonso Cabral, who in turn sold it to Messiah family in 1956. In order to increase production capacity, Messias acquired another adjoining property, Quinta do Rei, then belonging Gonzales Byass.
|Alcohol % by Vol.||20.0%|
|Closure Type||Cork Stopper|
|Style||Fortified - Rich & sweet|
|Grape Type(s)||Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinta Barroca|
Douro is one of the key Portuguese wine regions, producing both the world-famous fortified Port wine along with a wide range of standard non-fortified wines. The dry, continental climate and steep terraced vineyards centred in the Douro river valley make the region an ideal holiday destination as well as wine producing region! The style of wines made in the region varies greatly, but the best value is to be found in the unctuous red wines made from local grape varieties.