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Warre's 1926

May 11, 2012
Question by: Gary, St. Austell, GB


I have a bottle of Warre 1926 Vintage Port bottled in 1930, will this still be drinkable, does it have any value?


Hi Gary, 1926 was not a declared year, according to our records for Warre's, nor does the IVDP (the regulating body for Port and Douro wines) include it in their list of vintages.  That said, occasionally we would ship a few casks at the request of a particular merchant who would then have bottled it themselves at some point - in this case, four years after harvest.

The 1926 viticultural year was marked by severe drought and great heat during July, August and September, though the weather during harvest - which began in early October - was perfect.  Grapes were ripe though quantities were small and there was some raisinning - which is not a bad thing in moderation.  Wines were of good quality, though they did not form the basis for a declaration, with shippers opting to declare 1927 instead.

If the wine has been well cellared it could be a real pleasure.  Do read our guidelines for Decanting Vintage Ports - particularly of course, the notes about handling wines over 40 years of age - you want to decant only a half hour or so before serving.

As far as any resale value, Symington Family Estates are not active in the secondary market, so are not able to offer any specific advice.  You may want to consult a specialist wine merchants, such as Berry Brothers & Rudd, or an auction house that routinely handles fine wines, such as Bonham's, Christie's or Sotheby's, but we hope you will choose to enjoy the wine yourself, with friends and family.

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