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Warre's 1991

March 19, 2012
Question by: Mrs Mason, Kendal, GB


My son was given a bottle of Warres 1991 Vintage Port on his christening 16yrs ago and this had been kept in the cellar in a wooden box, lying down.  Should I keep it there until it's ready to drink and also is it worth anything.


Hi Mrs. Mason, Your son was very fortunate to receive such a wonderful christening gift.  The 1991 Vintage generally was excellent, and the wines will age beautifully for years to come if well cellared.  Consult the Warre's 1991 Tasting Notes for more information about this wine specifically.  By all means, do keep the bottles lying down on their sides in their box in the cellar - assuming your cellar is cool and not subject to sudden changes in temperature, that should be perfect - see our article about Storing Vintage Port for more information. 

If you do wish to pursue the option of possibly selling this Port, we cannot advise you on the value of your bottles, as Symington Family Estates are not active in the secondary market.  Your best bet for good advice is to contact a specialist wine merchant such as Berry Brothers & Rudd who run the BBX on-line wine exchange, or one of the major auction houses that routinely handle vintage wines, such as Bonham's, Christie's and Sotheby's.

Be aware, any one who might broker or purchase your wines will want more information about when and where the bottles were acquired and most importantly, how they have been cellared since acquisition.  You may want to look at our article about Purchasing Vintage Port which gives the buyer's perspective on the risks of buying wine in the secondary market or at auction.

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