Golden-brown in colour, it reveals soft and balanced aromas of dried fruit, spice and a hint of wood. Full-bodied and velvety, it shows great structure and a long finish.
Region: Douro Valley, Portugal
Aging: 7 years
Food match: Blue cheeses (Stilton, Roquefort, Gorgonzola), well-aged, powerful cheddar, camembert; walnuts & almonds; red grapes, dried red & black fruit; dark chocolate & chocolate truffles, crème brûlée
Cálem Special Reserve Tawny Port is the result of a meticulous blend of wines which have been aged in small oak casks for an average of 7 years.
António Alves Cálem
Some of his contemporaries may have mistaken António Alves Cálem for an incurable adventurer, but it was entrepreneurship that fuelled his passion. When he founded Porto Cálem in 1859, he set his sights on crossing the Atlantic and exporting to Brazil. This at a time when Port was typically shipped to the British Isles and other European markets. Beaten paths were not for Cálem. Once he eventually set route to Brazil, his first transactions were done in exotic woods. Again, this could have easily been misjudged as a bold decision when, in fact, it was a pondered risk that forwarded a very successful business relationship.
The Douro, the oldest demarcated region in the world, grew the grapes. The cellars of Gaia aged the wine and António Alves Cálem planned the enterprise. Dauntless, he prepared for an adventure that is still ongoing four generations later.
The success of exporting to Brazil opened up the rest of the world to Cálem. As routes multiplied, bolder moves presented themselves — if one were a man of courage. And so Porto Cálem acquired his own navigation fleet.
The vision of a great man tends to inspire those around him, and so did the dream of António Alves Calém — for every generation of the family to come. Also in 1965, António Alves Calém Júnior picks up the mantle and officially becomes his father’s business partner and successor to be.
António Alves Cálem Júnior The son would replicate his father’s success, soon becoming an acknowledged entrepreneur and a well-known member of society. If his intelligence made him prosperous, his generosity made him dear — as the high public offices he eventually occupied would attest for.
The generations that followed worked tirelessly to ensure worldwide recognition. In doing so, the brand amassed numerous awards for elegance, character, and quality in its wines. A century and a half into its journey, Porto Cálem truly represents the world of wine its founder envisioned. When you offer Porto Cálem, you toast to the tradition of excellence.
Gold - 2018 Vinalies Internationales
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