J. C. A. & C.

JCA & C Superior Madeira 1740

Superior Reserva, Red Stencilled Bottle, Recorked in 2015 by O.P. Brothers

Provenance: Christies London, 3/16/2017

Tasting note: Medium rich nose of caramel, uplifting citrus aromas and cream. Fresh apricot, mango and banana. An attractive nose full of tropical enjoyment over some mineral favors. Good depth and complexity. Direct well concentrated aromas of wax, old wood and dried apricots. Slightly sweet over high acidity. On the fnish quite strong gripping acidity of the well-aged type ending with pure dried citrus fruits. Interesting wine of character and length. Very good. January 2017.

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Size 75 cl
Vintage 1740
Alcohol 20.0 %
Classification Superior Reserva
Fill level Base neck
Recorked in December 2015 by O.P. Brothers
Shape Burgundy

Madeira

The island of Madeira has been producing and exporting its namesake wine virtually since the Portuguese discovered it in 1419. Since then, Madeira’s location in the middle of important trade routes meant the success of its wines mirrored the worldwide geopolitical situation. The fortified wine’s fortunes have soared during times of peace, prosperity, and free trade and plummeted during conflict and international upheaval.

J. C. A. & C.

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J.C.A. & Co.

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The company is also known as Joao Carlos D'Aguiar & Co (also: & Cia). Sometimes the bottles are marked with the letters J.C.A. & Co. The company is near certainty founded by descendants of Diogo Alfonso d'Aguiar, one of the nobles sent by King Alfonso V to Madeira to marry the children of Joao Goncalves Zarco da Camara. Diogo Alfonso de Aguiar married D. Isabel Gonçalves d'a Camara Third daughter of Zarco. They had three sons and two daughters. Diogo Alfonso de Aguiar, Rui Dias de Aguiar, Peter Alfonso de Aguiar, Ignez Dias d'a Camara, and Constanca Rodrigues d'a Camara. The family was prominent in the Camara district. Who Joao Carlos d'Aguiar descended from is still a mystery. Several bottles are known from the 18th, and the early 19th century, all bottles were filled before the 1940ies. According to the family lore, the previous century a descendant named Clemente d' Aguiar owned all the factories and farms. Some factories were in Machico, and the farms were in Camara de Lobos (Quinta da Lourencinha) Santo da Serra, Funchal and Machico. The d'Aguiar family owns some excellent vineyards, producing still fine Sercial and Verdelho.