In all likelihood, the first Mouchão to be bottled by Albert ‘Bouncer’ Reynolds from 1954-1958. When last tried in the mid-1980’s (no further bottles are known to exist) it still held its colour well. Still full in the mouth, showing characteristic leathery, savoury and minty characters. A foretaste of things to come.
Perhaps the most iconic of all historic Mouchãos. This classic only began fading from the late 1980’s. Several barrels were commissioned by leading figures in the wine industry from Porto to London. The 1954 was sold in casks, flagons and bottles from 1959-1963. Last tasted in 2017, the 1954 had lost much of its colour but remained fresh with typical minty notes. It is thought to have been 75% Alicante Bouschet, much of which was sourced from the long disappeared Vargem do Valle do Cortiço vineyard.
Regarded as an iconic Mouchão year, sold mostly in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the 1963 was enormous and typically Mouchão; moderately alcoholic, plummy, thought to be the result of some extended Alicante Bouschet ‘hangtime’ and deeply complex when last tried in the early 1990’s.
Unloading grapes to the adega
Following the 1974 revolution and throughout the 1980’s, the 1969 became a reference year for Mouchão. A very wet winter and spring contributed positively to vine balance and fruit quality. Robust but fresh, spicy with dried tobacco leaf aromas. A rare but classic Mouchão in its day.
Washing the tonels
Good winter rainfall is often synonymous with a great Mouchão. Still great depth of colour and showing some youthful jammy qualities, cured leather and minty hints of eucalyptus, common to so many of the great Mouchãos. Well-structured still with a rich, complex finish.
Fresh hand-picked grapes arriving at the winery.
Unquestionably a Mouchão ‘great’. The swansong of the pre-revolution vineyards. Drinking to perfection in the 2010’s. Structured, complex and with enough acidity to balance this rich Alicante Bouschet.
The first wine from Mouchão’s post-revolution renascence and the new Carapetos vineyard. Part-sourced from the two-year-old vineyard, the 1990 Mouchão is today rated as one of Mouchão’s best by the national press. Freshness, complexity and size are all hallmarks of the Mouchãos of old. Still holding up beautifully today.
The late Mestre Alabaça taking a sample from a tonel
Mouchão of the decade in terms of balance, size and personality. Powerful, jammy, chocolaty with tobacco box and rich spices. Its minty-eucalyptus freshness is a hallmark of a classic Mouchão.
Another frost year in the valley. The April damage was limited to shoot tips and apical bunches, producing a small crop of stunning concentration and freshness. Showing richness, and hints of polished leather, tobacco and spearmint on the palate. Will keep well for another decade.
The ritual of sampling and tasting aging wines
A combination of the charming robustness of older Mouchão vintages and the elegance of more recent years. Tobacco, dark chocolate and mint. Structured, well-balanced, fresh, complex and a wonderful finish.
Controlling the work in progress
An elegant and yet powerful year, beautifully balanced. Fresh and vibrant. Extremely long complex and silky finish. A typical Mouchão, and one for hanging on to.
The indispensable hygiene and cleaning procedures
A small harvest. Good, firm Alicante Bouschet tannins and a typical minty-eucalyptus freshness. A big wine, perhaps less elegant in youth but with enormous ageing potential.
The colours of Portugal – grapevines and poppies
A big year across most of the region, but especially so at Mouchão. Classic Mouchão personality. Hugely concentrated yet soft. Typically understated as with all great Mouchãos. Dark fruit, cocoa, eucalyptus, mint and some ground sweet pepper. A wine drinking beautifully now, but likely to improve for up to two decades.