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Cálem

A A Cálem & Filho

Founded 1859
Owner Sogevinus
Vineyards None
Vintage Port Brands Calem, Quinta da Foz, Quinta da Foz and Santo Antonio, Quinta da Carvelheira, Quinta do Sagrado

This Port Wine House was founded in 1859 by Antonio Alves Calem and he bought Quinta do Foz in 1885. Cálem was by this time dedicated only to wine exports to Brazil in exchange of exotic woods. Porto Cálem main market has always been Portugal, but exports have maintained a high significance along its history. The brand logotype shows the caravel in which Cálem Port was exported to Brazil. The first Vintage Port ever produced by Porto Cálem was the Vintage Port 1870. The founders son, Antonio Calem Jr, became President of the Chamber of Commerce 1915 and a member of the Parliament and then handed over the house to his sons Jose’ Joaquim Oliviera and Joaquim Oliviera Calem who both started in the company in 1920. They retired in 1974 and 1978, respectively, to make room for the fourth generation Joaquim Manuel P.O. Calem who joined the company in 1974 and was director of the company until it was sold in 1998.

The family owned the firm to 1998 when the family decided to sell it. The buyers were Rozes’s former export director Rogério Leandro da Silva and his partner Manuel Saraiva, owner of Quita do Castelihno. But Sogevinus very soon started buying shares from those persons and in 2003 Sogevinus was the new owner of Calem. Quinta da Foz and Quinta do Sagrado was not included in Sogevinus acquisition of Cálem but they have secured supply of grapes from these Quintas and the right to continue to sell these single quinta vintage ports. Quinta do Sagrado is still in the hands of the Calem family but Quinta da Foz was sold to Isabel dos Santos in 2011. Quinta do Arnozelo is the estate where the Cálem grapes are grown, and the winemaking centre is named São Martinho da Anta.

Calem Vintages:1908, 1912*, 1920, 1922, 1927*, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1942, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
Quinta da Foz Vintages:1931, 1934, 1935, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997
Quinta da Foz and Santo Antonio Vintages:1920, 1933, 1935, 1955
Quinta do Sagrado Vintages:1988, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2011, 2017
Quinta da Carvalheira Vintages:1984, 1988

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseCheiras
Calem
Vintage1931
ColourAlmost tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetWonderful bouquet! Roses, spring flowers, crème caramel, toffee and much, much more in the nose.Score range17.75 - 17.75
TasteMedium body. Of course mature and peaking. Very tasty with roses, crème caramel, toffee and butter-scotch in taste. Sweet with balanced acidity. Very complex and an unbelievable finish which never end. Marvellous port indeed!Average score
Last tasted19th November 2016Point this date17.75
CommentAt the Calem tasting in Leverkusen, Germany This vintage was bottled in 1937.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1933
ColourTerrible colour. Muddy and looks like dirty water.Number of tastings1
BouquetOld but quite elegant nose of old mature fruit.Score range14.40 - 14.40
TasteMedium body. Quite old in taste but knit together and not unattractive finish. Quite drinkable.Average score
Last tasted27th June 2012Point this date14.40
CommentAt home with the family The label read that the vintage was produced from Quinta da Foz and Quinta de Santo Antonio.
It seems to be that the house of Calem declared its vintage from those two quintas.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1935
ColourYellow, mature almost tawny but quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetOrange zest, figs, dried fruit, prunes, burned sugar, some chocolate and some spiciness in the nose.Score range17.50 - 17.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking with some balanced but still attractive acidity. Still very elegant and attractive. Quite sweet. The finish is balanced and quite long also very attractive. Still a lovely port!Average score
Last tasted29th July 2017Point this date17.50
CommentAt home with the family The label read that the vintage was produced from Quinta da Foz and Quinta de Santo Antonio.
It seems to be that the house of Calem declared its vintage from those two quintas.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1955
ColourYellow, mature almost tawny but very beautiful in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetOrange zest, toffee, mint, butter-scotch, vanilla, coffee and cacao in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Seem still to be on top! Unbelievable! Very, very elegant and still balanced. Attractive and complex finish which a just rolling in the mouth and never seems to end. A very impressive port indeed! Thank heaven for this port!Average score16.88
Last tasted19th November 2016Point this date17.75
CommentAt the Calem tasting in Leverkusen, Germany.
The label read that the vintage was produced from Quinta da Foz and Quinta de Santo Antonio It seems to be that the house of Calem declared its vintage from those two quintas.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1960
ColourAmber, almost tawny in colour. Very beautiful indeed.Number of tastings1
BouquetHoney, orange peel, Seville orange and burned candy and much more in the generous nose.Score range17.00 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Elegant and balanced with orange peel and candy and indeed very tasty. A wonderful port with a long, attractive and very generous finish. Just drink and enjoy it!Average score
Last tasted1st August 2015Point this date17.00
CommentThe family on vacation in Skagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1963
ColourYellow mature beautiful in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetWonderful complex old grocery shop with candy, cream candy, cinnamon, cacao, some coffee beans, Christmas spiciness, butterscotch, gingerbread and toffee in the nose.Score range16.75 - 17.75
TasteFull-bodied. Very tasty indeed. Mature and at its peak. Butterscotch, gingerbread, toffee, crème caramel and lots of other things in taste. Complex, sweet, balanced and elegant with an enormous finish which never seems to end. Wonderful port! Just drink it, enjoy and you are near heaven!Average score17.22
Last tasted11th November 2023Point this date17.50
CommentTasted at home with the family.

In 2005 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1966
ColourBeautiful yellow and amber in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetLovely bouquet of cacao, dark chocolate, coffee, gingerbread, cinnamon, old grocery shop and flowers in the nose.Score range17.40 - 17.40
TasteFull-bodied. Mature, peaking and absolutely on top! Quite sweet but balanced and very elegant. Cacao, dark chocolate, coffee, gingerbread, cinnamon and much more in taste. Very complex indeed with a marvellous and sensational finish which never seem to end. What a port!Average score
Last tasted19th November 2016Point this date17.40
CommentAt the Calem tasting in Leverkusen, Germany.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1970
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetOld nose of burned sugar and pharmacy.Score range14.00 - 16.50
TasteTasty but not impressive. Unbalanced. Seemed too old. Bad bottle?Average score15.25
Last tasted13th November 2008Point this date14.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

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
HouseCalemVintage1977
ColourVery mature and yellow in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetGingerbread, cinnamon, dried fruit, toffee, some cacao and coffee in the nose.Score range16.40 - 17.40
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Mature and now peaking but still with some soft tannin. Gingerbread and toffee in taste. Balanced and quite sweet. A complex port very easy to drink and like today with a very attractive finish.Average score16.93
Last tasted19th November 2016Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Calem tasting in Leverkusen, Germany.
1 bottle has been defect.

In 2010 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1983
ColourMature yellow quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetCream candy, coffee, cacao, cinnamon, ginger, some spiciness and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.40
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Mature and peaking. Very sweet with flowers, candy, dark chocolate and spiciness in taste. Elegant and balanced port with an attractive and long finish. Very easy to drink and enjoy now!Average score16.31
Last tasted21st March 2019Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

In 2017 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1985
ColourStill very dark but yellow mature rim in colour.Number of tastings15
BouquetCacao, vanilla, toffee, old grocery shop, cream candy, ginger, chocolate and with some spiciness in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.50
TasteMedium bodied. Mature but still with some quite soft tannins but is probably peaking. Vanilla, toffee, dark chocolate and much more in flavour. Sweet. Complex and balanced port with an attractive and long, quite intensive finish. Lovely today! Just enjoy it!Average score16.35
Last tasted29th February 2024Point this date16.40
CommentTasted in our Private Wine Club.
2 bottles have been defect.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2020 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1989
ColourVery mature yellow in colour almost a hint of tawny. Very beautiful indeed.Number of tastings3
BouquetSweetmeats, toffee, cacao, some chocolate and candy in the noseScore range15.25 - 16.50
TasteMedium body Mature and peaking with toffee and crème caramel, candy and sweetmeats in taste. Quite sweet and elegant port. Easy to drink and enjoy with a quite nice finish.Average score15.72
Last tasted21st November 2019Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2019 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1991
ColourStill rather dark but with a mature yellow colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetVery intensive bouquet of dark chocolate, toffee, cacao, liquorice, gingerbread and candy in the nose.Score range16.40 - 17.00
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Mature and peaking. Sweet with cacao and gingerbread in taste. Balanced and quite elegant with a quite impressive and rather long finish.Average score16.70
Last tasted19th November 2016Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Calem tasting in Leverkusen, Germany.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1994
ColourStill very dark in colour but with a yellow edge.Number of tastings8
BouquetCacao, cream candy, coffee, spring flowers, some herbs and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.75
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Quite mature and almost peaking but will maybe be a little better due to some very elegant tannins. Balanced and quite complex. Dark chocolate, cacao, some spiciness in taste. An elegant port with an attractive and quite long, finish.Average score16.53
Last tasted16th May 2024Point this date16.40
CommentTasted at the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1995
ColourStill very dark ruby but with a hint of yellow, mature edge in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetStill some dark berries, mature dry fruit and some cacao in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Still lovely tannins and will probably improve. Balanced and quite complex with a lovely finish which however end quite soon which was very surprising.Average score
Last tasted4th December 2023Point this date15.50
CommentTasted at the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1997
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetDark chocolate, cacao, toffee, crème caramel and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range15.40 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and now peaking. Will probably not be much better. Cacao, dark chocolate and old grocery shop in flavour. Rather sweet. Complex and balanced with a rather long and rather attractive finish.Average score15.72
Last tasted30th May 2023Point this date15.40
CommentTasted at home in 13th International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage1999
ColourStill rather dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetStill dark berry, mulberry and blue berry in the nose. Very generous.Score range15.40 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and probably peaking but still with some very soft tannin. Balanced and quite elegant with dark berry and mulberry in taste. Lovely port with a nice and rather attractive finish.Average score15.70
Last tasted19th November 2016Point this date15.40
CommentAt the Calem tasting in Leverkusen, Germany.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage2000
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetMulberry, dark cherry, vanilla, a hint of spiciness and oak but also cacao and dark chocolate in the nose.Score range15.40 - 16.75
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Quite mature almost peaking but lots of soft and round tannins and will be better. Dark berries, cacao, chocolate and vanilla in flavour. Very promising and very sweet. Lovely and promising finish. We think this port will probably be wonderful to taste again.Average score15.97
Last tasted12th June 2021Point this date16.75
CommentTasted at home with the family.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage2002
ColourDark with just a hint of a yellowness in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate and liquorice in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Quite mature but still some round tannins and will. Dark chocolate and cacao in taste. Sweet. Balanced and easy to like and drink with a quite attractive finish.Average score15.38
Last tasted31st March 2024Point this date15.50
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, SS
HouseCalemVintage2003
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy and berry in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and lots of tannin. Loaded with fruit. A promising port.
Last tasted7th November 2005Rating 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
HouseCalemVintage2011
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMulberry, dark cherry, blackberry, dark berry and fruit in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.25
TasteMedium body. Loaded with fruit and mulberry and dark cherry in taste. Balanced and very easy to drink and enjoy. Modern style of port. Quite elegant and tasty with a nice and rather long finish but is not directly impressive.Average score
Last tasted19th November 2016Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Calem tasting in Leverkusen, Germany.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in Germany. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage2012
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMulberry, blackberry, dark berry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Loaded with fruit but not much tannin. Easy to drink and enjoy but no long runner. Blackberry and dark berry in taste. Balanced but a modern style of port with a rather short but nice finish.
Last tasted19th November 2016Rating this dateGood
CommentAt the Calem tasting in Leverkusen, Germany.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage2015
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuice, berry and fruit in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Not much tannin at all but loaded with fruit. Still juice and fruit in taste. Balance. Modern type of port with a rather short finish.
Last tasted19th November 2016Rating this dateGood
CommentAt the Calem tasting in Leverkusen, Germany.
Cask sample
Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage2016
ColourDark ruby almost black in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetJammy with mulberry, dark berry, blackberry, dark cherry, cacao, some roasted coffee and fruit in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Lots of tannin and will of course be much better. Mulberry, dark berry and spiciness in taste. Balanced and easy to like with a nice and very attractive finish.
Last tasted4th November 2019Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseCalemVintage2018
ColourDark ruby in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark berries such as blackberry and mulberry and some mint in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Lots of tannin and will of course be much better. Taste of dark berry. Balanced and easy to like with a nice and very attractive finish.
Last tasted26th November 2021Rating this dateImpressive
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Festival in Leverkusen, Germany.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersJB
HouseCalemVintage2019
ColourDark ruby in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark berries such as blackberry and mulberry and some mint in the nose.
TasteSweet with medium body. Lots of tannin and will of course be much better. Taste of dark berry. Balanced and easy to like with a nice and very attractive finish.
Last tasted26th November 2021Rating this dateImpressive
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Festival in Leverkusen, Germany.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersJB
HouseCalemVintage2020
ColourDark ruby in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMature dark berries such as mulberry, dark cherry and black berry and mature fruit in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Easy to drink with very round and very attractive tannins and will of course improve. Balanced and quite elegant with a lovely and quite long finish.
Last tasted4th November 2022Rating this dateImpressive
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Festival in Leverkusen, Germany.

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

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