James Suckling 92
"This shows a beautiful balance, with sweet, ripe berries, minerals, violets and schist. Medium body, fine tannins and a long, fresh finish. This is a late-bottled vintage that is not filtered or refined."
Wine Advocate 91
"The 2002 Late Bottled Vintage Port is unfiltered and bottled with a long cork. Elegant and aromatic, this is a beautiful achievement in a very difficult vintage in Douro. Showing terrific concentration for the vintage, it has mild tannins at this point and controlled flavors laced with a touch of herbs. This is a great time to dive into this unfiltered LBV. It still has plenty of life left, but it is unlikely to get better."
“Red ruby colour. Elegant nose with floral aromas, such as rockrose and eucalyptus. Many layers of red fruit on the palate, fine and soft tannins and spicy notes. Lovely and elegant finish.”-Winemaker’s Notes
“Warre’s, founded in 1670, was the first British Port company established in Portugal and therefore the pioneer of a great tradition; its history is synonymous with that of Port itself. Warre’s Ports are distinguished for their structure, power and softly perfumed nose. They have a particularly fresh and elegant style. Warre’s premium wines are sourced from Quinta da Cavadinha and Quinta do Retiro, two of the finest estates of the Douro valley. Warre’s Vintage Ports are renowned the world over for their excellence and are consistently placed amongst the best in comparative tastings.
WARRE’S LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT
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.”-Winery Notes
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The history of the Warre family in Portugal dates back to William Warre, who was born in India in 1706, where his parents and grandparents were long established members of the East India Company. In 1729, he arrived in Portugal and became a partner in the export company, Messrs. Clark, Thornton & Warre, which exported Portuguese wine among other goods. By the close of the 18th century, Warre's had become one of the leading companies in the Port wine trade. His grandson, another William Warre, continued and grew the business while also maintaining an outstanding military career, contributing substantially towards the recovery of Portugal's independence.
The Symington family's ancestry in the Port trade spans a period of over 350 years, through 13 generations. They are descended from Andrew James Symington and Beatrice Atkinson who were married in Oporto in 1891. Andrew James arrived as a young man from Scotland in 1882 and was admitted to partnership in the firm of Warre & Co. in 1905 and in 1908 he became the soul owner of Warre & Co. Currently six members of the Symington family (five from the 13th generation in the Port trade) are actively involved in Warre's day-to-day management, with the dedication and long-term commitment that are unique to a family-run business. From the vineyards through the winemaking, aging, and blending, a member of the family is directly responsible for every bottle of Warre's Port produced. The family's commitment to its wines is stronger than ever after 350 years, an unparalleled tradition in the Port trade.