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Warre’s

Warre & C:a S.A.

Founded 1670
Owner Symington Family
Vineyards Quinta de Cavadinha, Quinta do Retiro Antigo, Quinta da Telhada, Quinta do Alvito, Quinta das Netas
Vintage Port Brands Warre's, Quinta da Cavadinha

Warre's is the oldest Port house, and has been a major force in the Port trade ever since. They were instrumental in organizing the British shippers, and designing and implementing the Factory House. In the 19th century they build an ambitious lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia with an enormous cask (Memel Vat) which still is the world’s largest cask for port. It could hold 178091 bottles.

The first and oldest British company in Portugal and the pioneer in the Port trade was Warre's. The firm was founded in Northern Portugal over three centuries ago, in 1670 and was originally known as Burgoyne & Jackson. At the time Charles II was on the throne of England and was newly married to his Portuguese Queen, Catherine of Bragança. Europe was in turmoil. Oliver Cromwell had ruled England until the restoration in 1660 only ten years previously, now Charles II was conducting intermittent wars with the Dutch and rivalry for new-found territories racked the European nation states.

Against this unpromising background, the founders of the firm settled in Northern Portugal in the town of Viana do Castelo at the mouth of the River Lima. They were trading English woolen goods and dried cod in return for the produce of the beautiful Minho district and beyond, primarily wine. As trade developed and the demand for wine grew, the search for the finest wines took the traders to Régua in the Douro valley. Here they found superb dark and intense wines that found a ready market in England and the great tradition of Port shipping had begun. Over the years, as the wines of the Douro played an increasingly large role in the firm, the valley of the River Douro became the focus of the Port trade and offices were established in Oporto at the mouth of the river.

In 1729 the first member of the Warre family arrived in Oporto. William Warre had been born at Fort St. George, Madras in India in 1706. He became a partner in the firm and henceforth it became known as Messrs Clark, Thornton and Warre and the company gained the name Warre in 1729. William Warre was the first of the British residents to acquire land to build a lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia. Today Gaia is home to the lodges of many Port firms and the ancient roofs cover hundreds of thousands of pipes of Port.

The history of the Warre family in the Port trade is unique and unparalleled. In 1745, William Warre married Elizabeth Whitehead, sister of John Whitehead. The latter was Consul in Oporto and a most distinguished figure in the history of the city. He designed and supervised the building of the famous Factory House in the Rua Nova dos Ingleses, completed in 1790. William and Elizabeth Warre had seven children, the eldest of whom, also named William, subsequently became British consul in Oporto. Thus the history of the Warre family and their Port firm is interwoven with that of the Port trade. Life would not have been easy. The 18th century was a turbulent period, piracy on the seas abounded and territorial, trade and religious wars followed another in quick succession. Nevertheless the family and the firm flourished. On 15 April 1784, in Oporto, a grandson was born to William and Elizabeth, another William Warre. This William was destined to have a distinguished military career. Commissioned in the 52nd Light Infantry in November 1803, he spent only a brief spell in the wine trade in Oporto. He was later to serve throughout most of the Peninsular War, from 1808-1812 and was with Marshal William Beresford, the last out of Coruna in January 1809, after the legendary and devastating retreat in the face of overwhelming odds during which Sir John Moore was killed. He joined the Portuguese Brigade under Beresford and was present at most of the battles of the war. William Warre was one of the few British officers who spoke Portuguese and knew the country. He was thus invaluable to the Duke of Wellington. William Warre was knighted, became a Lt. General and was decorated by the King of Portugal with the Orders of Torre and Espada and the Order of S. Bento d'Avis. Lt. General Sir William Warre never forgot his family business, as can be seen by his letters of the period, recommending Warre's Port to his fellow officers and later to Wellington himself, who took a particular liking to the port wine. Writing to his father on 15 May 1810, from the British headquarters, 'Lord Wellington ... has applied to me to procure him one hogshead of very fine old Port. He did not care about the price and wishes me to get you to take care of it for him in London.'

The Warre family lived in Oporto pioneering the development of the Port trade for two centuries, a unique achievement in the history of the wine. In 1905 Andrew James Symington was admitted into partnership in the firm of Warre & Co. The young Symington had arrived in Oporto from Scotland in 1882 and had quickly been attracted to the Port trade. He became the sole owner in 1908. The firm was run jointly by the two families until the last Warre left the company in 1955.

Today the fourth generation of Symingtons is fully involved in the running of the business from the Douro vineyards. However, the present William Warre, a Master of Wine, is still intimately connected with the firm and retired in 1991 from overseeing the sales of Warre's Ports in the British market. Thus Warre & Co. has remained a family controlled and run business throughout its history of more than three centuries.

Quinta da Cavadinha Warre's owns the Quinta da Cavadinha which was bought in 1978.

Warre Vintages:1805 (bottled 1809), 1834, 1842, 1844, 1851, 1858, 1863, 1868, 1870, 1872*, 1873, 1875, 1878, 1881, 1884, 1887, 1890, 1894*, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1917, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011
Quinta da Cavadinha Vintages:1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseWarreVintage1920
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetComplex pharmacy and old hospital but also cacao, toffee and coffee in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and maybe a bit old but knit together and elegant. Lovely finish. Quite extraordinary.Average score
Last tasted23rd December 2005Point this date16.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1931
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCoffee, toffee, cacao and old grocery shop.Score range15.75 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Mature but a bit old. Elegant, attractive and still balanced with a lovely finish.Average score
Last tasted23rd September 2003Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1944
ColourYellow, mature almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetRoasted coffee, menthol, burned candy in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Sweet. Burned candy in taste. Elegant and quite balanced with a quite long finish.Average score
Last tasted19th April 2014Point this date16.40
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1947
ColourMature and tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBoysenberry, burned sugar, French plums and some mushroom in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature. Quite elegant and balanced. Melon, boysenberry and mushroom in taste. Easy to drink and very attractive port with a quite long finish. Will not be better.Average score
Last tasted18th April 2013Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1955
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetCacao, coffee, tea and cinnamon in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.75
TasteQuite full-bodied. Sweet. Flavour of old grocery shop. Mature and at its peak. Excellent and complex port with a lovely finish.Average score16.63
Last tasted24th December 2006Point this date16.75
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1958
ColourStill rather dark but mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings11
BouquetLovely bouquet of herbs, pepper, coffee, figs, butter-scotch, crème caramel and much more in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Absolutely on top! Balanced with a hint of acidity and some lovely old sweetness! Flavour of butter-scotch and old grocery shop. Complex and attractive port with a long and perfect finish. Wonderful just now but drink up.Average score16.91
Last tasted22nd November 2016Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Semi-Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1960
ColourVery mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetOld grocery, burned sugar and crème caramel in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking, even perhaps a bit old, but still well knit together. Complex port and still balanced with a nice and lovely, delicious and long finish.Average score16.33
Last tasted22nd November 2010Point this date16.00
CommentIn the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
*This bottle was defect. Notes from a tasting in November 2010.

In 2007 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1963
ColourMature yellow and very beautiful in colour.Number of tastings20
BouquetLovely nose of coffee, tea, toffee, cacao, vanilla, ginger, crème caramell and spring flowers in the nose.Score range16.50 - 17.90
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Very tasty with coffee, toffee, cacao and a lot more in flavour. Complex and balanced. Quite sweet. A wonderful, long and incredible finish. What a lovely port! Drink it and enjoy it!Average score17.11
Last tasted9th December 2016Point this date17.90
CommentIn a wine tasting in a wine friend’s home.
1 bottle has been defect.

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.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1966
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetLovely violet, cacao, coffee, tea and ginger in the nose.Score range16.75 - 17.75
TasteMedium body. Sweet and elegant port. Complex. Lovely and long attractive finish.Average score17.17
Last tasted21st September 2006Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
1 bottle has been defect.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1970
ColourBeautiful, a bit pale mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings17
BouquetCoffee, cacao, toffee, old grocery shop and liquorice in the nose. Very complex indeed. Last bottle a bit tired.Score range15.75 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking. Sweet. Fudge and liquorice in taste. Elegant and balanced with a nice, long and attractive finish. Normally a lovely port but the last bottle was a bit past its peak.Average score16.64
Last tasted23rd May 2016Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.

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
HouseWarreVintage1975
ColourMature yellow almost amber in colour.Number of tastings11
BouquetBurned sugar, toffee, fudge and cream candy in the nose.Score range15.25 - 16.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and even a bit old in flavour but still well knit together and quite complex and attractive. Burned sugar and toffee in taste. Nice and still quite attractive finish. Has been much better some years ago.Average score15.95
Last tasted30th May 2015Point this date15.40
CommentIn our private Wine Club.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1977
ColourBeautiful, mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings32
BouquetNose full of toffee, chocolate roses, French plums and cinnamon. Very complex bouquet.Score range16.00 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and almost at its peak with still some soft tannin. Toffee, dried fruit and much more in flavour. Balanced and complex port with an attractive and very long finish.Average score16.55
Last tasted4th May 2014Point this date17.00
CommentAt a dinner in a wine friend’s home.

In 2010 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1980
ColourStill rather dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings21
BouquetMint, menthol, dark chocolate, cacao, butterscotch, toffee and ginger in the nose.Score range16.25 - 18.25
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking. Sweet. Complex and balanced port which is wonderful and unbelievable today. Mint, cacao, toffee and a lot of tastes in the mouth. Very attractive, lovely and a finish that never seem to end. This is port when it is heaven to drink for a port lover!!Average score16.58
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date18.25
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.

In 2014 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1983
ColourStill rather dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings11
BouquetDark chocolate, coffee, cacao, cinnamon and dried fruit in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.50
TasteFull-bodied. Flavour of coffee and cacao. Mature and peaking. Sweet. Cacao and dark chocolate in taste. Balanced and complex. An attractive port with a long and attractive finish.Average score15.91
Last tasted18th March 2017Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great 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
HouseWarreVintage1985
ColourStill dark red but mature yellow edge in colour.Number of tastings10
BouquetWonderful nose with violet, mulberry, blueberry, liquorice, ginger and cinnamon but also toffee, fudge and butterscotch.Score range15.50 - 17.90
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking, but will be on top for several more years. Great balanced, very complex and attractive port. Spiciness, toffee and fudge in taste. Quite sweet with a wonderful, very long and very attractive finish. Lovely port indeed.Average score16.64
Last tasted21st September 2017Point this date17.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1991
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetCacao, coffee, tea and chocolate in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteFull-bodied. Rather mature but with soft tannin. Chocolate in flavour. Complex port with elegant and quite long finish which will be better with time.Average score16.50
Last tasted7th November 2005Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1994
ColourVery dark in colour with a nice yellow rim.Number of tastings5
BouquetChristmas candy, ginger bread, figs, menthol, mint, liquorice and much more in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.75
TasteFull-bodied. Rather mature and almost peaking but still with some soft tannin. Ginger bread and candy in flavour. Complex and wonderful port with a long, sweet, very attractive finish. Will probably be better but is delicious now. Just enjoy drinking it!Average score16.53
Last tasted27th November 2014Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
This bottle was a magnum
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage1997
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetDark cherry, cassis and mulberry in the nose. Still some juiciness.Score range15.00 - 16.40
TasteRather full-bodied. Very fruity and berry in flavour. Still immature and loaded with fruit and tannin. Very attractive finish. Will be much better.Average score15.63
Last tasted22nd November 2010Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage2000
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow edge.Number of tastings6
BouquetToffee, cacao, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some cardamom and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range15.00 - 16.90
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but still with some soft tannin and will probably be much better. Balanced and with cacao, nuts and cacao in taste. Quite sweet. Long and attractive finish. Will be lovely to follow. Better each time we enjoy this port!Average score16.10
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage2003
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetDark cherry and mulberry in the nose. Quite juicy.
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and lots of tannin. Mulberry in flavour but hard to swallow and appreciate. Sweet. Complex. Very promising and long finish. Will be great.
Last tasted11th November 2007Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage2007
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetJuicy and dark berry in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and lots of tannin. Mulberry in flavour. Loaded with fruit and hard to swallow and appreciate. Sweet. Complex. Very promising and long finish. Will be great.
Last tasted2nd November 2009Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseWarreVintage2011
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy but mulberry and dark berry in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and loaded with tannin. Mulberry and fruit in flavour. Hard to swallow and appreciate when so immature. Sweet. Complex. Very promising. Sweet and long finish. Will be great.
Last tasted4th November 2013Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

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

Old Colheita/Tawny tasting notes:

HouseWarreColheita1940
ColourBeautiful tawny with an apple-green edge.Number of tastings1
BouquetPharmacy, hospital and some alcoholic in the nose.Bottled1986
TasteMedium body. Mature and even old in taste with burned candy and some alcohol. This is a tired old port but with an elegant finish.Score range15.75 - 15.75
Last tasted18th September 2008Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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