Warre's Late Bottled Vintage Porto
Deep, rich ruby color. On the nose is fresh, fragrant and floral with scents of rockrose,
eucalyptus and (discreet) mint. On the palate, full, with ripe concentrated plummy fruit. In the mid-palate shows dark chocolate and sprinklings of spice and mocha. Long persistent aftertaste, with fresh acidity punctuating the finish.
$45.00 / Bottle $540.00 / Case
SALE $28.99 / Bottle $347.88 / Case
Founded in 1670, Warre & Co. is the oldest and one of the most highly esteemed port shipping firms in the world. William Warre joined as partner in 1729, and the company became known as Warre. The Warre family worked in the wine trade at Oporto for over 200 years.
In 1912 the Warre family chose to return to England where they would look after sales, while the Symingtons managed operations in Portugal. Today James Symington is the director of Warre & Co. Ltd.
The grapes are grown on Warre’s own Douro farms and by independent farmers with whom the Symington’s have long term contracts. This ensures a good and consistent supply of fruit from some of the finest vineyards in the Douro. The Symington’s still make a small percentage or their total production by the old method of treading the crushed grapes in lagares, but traditional vinification s now in stainless steel or glass-lined tanks. The wines are vinified to produce a richness and sweetness which is unique to Warre’s. The young wine is transported down the Douro Valley to Vila Nova de Gaia, opposite the city of Oporto, where it is stored and aged in oak casks. Warre’s is best known for its vintage ports, but they represent only 2% - 3% of the wines that Warre’s produces.
Warre’s is alone in maintaining a small production of bottle matured Late Bottled Vintage Port (apart from its sister company Smith Woodhouse). Warre’s Late Bottled Vintage comes exclusively from prime quality vineyards whose finest wines will – in exceptional years – make up Warre’s renowned Vintage Ports. Primarily Quinta da Cavadinha and surrounding vineyards that have supplied the company uninterruptedly for generations, on the basis of close bonds nurtured over the centuries. Some of the wine comes from Quinta do Retiro, where all the wine is trodden in ‘lagares’ in the traditional way. These Quintas are located in the Pinhão and Torto valleys.