Calem Late Bottled Vintage is produced from a single vintage and matures between 4 and 6 years in oak wine barrels. Calem LBVs have the same deep, intense ruby red color, balance and rich forest fruit aromas as Vintage Ports.
The grapes ferment briefly after which 'Aquardente' is added. Literally this means 'fire water'. This neutral alcohol does not affect the taste, but ensures that the fermentation stops. The yeast cells die by adding the alcohol. The moment of addition determines the taste of the port. Because the fermentation stops, sugar remains, so port is often sweet and has 20% alcohol.
LBV wines last longer in barrel than Vintage Ports, but are ports of one vintage. LBVs are bottled between the 4th and 6th year after harvest. LBV is an official and controlled designation. As with Colheita, LBV must state the year of harvest and the year of bottling on the label. LBVs are full-bodied and potent ports that are ready to drink when bottled. They can be kept in the bottle for several years, but they will not increase in quality.
Delicious port that goes well with chocolate desserts and cheeses.
Calem Late Bottled Vintage Port is a delicious Portuguese white port from the Douro region in Portugal. This wine is made from different grape varieties: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Nacional.
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.
|Product||Calem Late Bottled Vintage|
|Type of wine||Port wine|
|Grape variety||Other grapes red|
|Number of bottles||6|
|Price per bottle||€17.95|