1900 Warre

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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1900 Warre

Post by AHB » 23:47 Fri 19 Dec 2008

Identified from very faint branding on the cork, so should probably be considered "1900 believed Warre vintage port". An amazing colour, deeper than the Ferreira 1945 shown alongside it. A very complex nose. In the mouth, huge waves of strawberry syrup livened up with spice and mixed fruit. Surprisingly dry on the aftertaste, perhaps showing its age, but with some lovely Angostura Bitters, spicy and of decent length. Wonderfully alive. A piece of history. 91/100.

Some of the events which were going on in the world when these grapes were growing included:
  • The Second Boer War in southern Africa
  • The Philippine-American war in the Philippine archipelago
  • The Boxer Rebellion in China
  • Nigeria joining the British Empire
  • Britain and the US sign a treaty to build the Central American Shipping Canal through what was then Nicaragua
  • The Davis Cup tennis tournament is created
  • The Labour Party is formed in the UK
  • Winston Churchill is elected to Parliament for the first time
  • Sydney suffers a serious outbreak of the Bubonic Plague
  • Hawaii becomes a US Territory
  • The first Zepplin flight takes place
  • The first Metro line is opened in Paris
  • Australia becomes an independant Commonwealth
  • A hurricane devastates Galveston in Texas
  • The first hamburger is sold
  • Friedrich Nietzsche and Oscar Wilde die
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Graham’s 1948
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Re: 1900 Warre vintage port

Post by DRT » 09:59 Sat 20 Dec 2008

Beautiful colour, very dark for its age. Smooth, warming and elegant. Slightly bitter on the end but very long. Delicious.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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Re: 1900 Warre vintage port

Post by uncle tom » 20:23 Sat 20 Dec 2008

Hard to believe the age of this wine - some wines from the 1970's are not as dark in the decanter - excellent juice.

Tom
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Re: 1900 Warre vintage port

Post by JacobH » 22:43 Sat 20 Dec 2008

Madly dark for its age and still in great condition.

And available for only 15p from BBR! :)
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Re: 1900 Warre vintage port

Post by DRT » 00:32 Sun 21 Dec 2008

+ 48ish Hours
The colour of this wine is incredible. If someone told me this was a 1970 I would believe it. The nose is slightly medicinal. In the mouth this is still smooth, thick and elegant. I find myself, wrongly from the available evidence, questioning whether or not this is authentic. If this is truely a 1900 VP, which I honestly believe it is, it is quite simply outstanding.

Alex: Thank you. This was a real treat.

Derek
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Ernest H. Cockburn

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Re: 1900 Warre vintage port

Post by JacobH » 16:31 Sun 21 Dec 2008

Do any samples still survive which could be photographed? It would be good to preserve the colour for posterity!
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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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Re: 1900 Warre vintage port

Post by AHB » 20:46 Sun 21 Dec 2008

Luckily, I did have a 5cl sample left for consumption tonight (having been kept in the cellar for the last few days, it was truly delicious still). Here are some photos prior to consumption.

The only pity is that 5cl is equivalent to 3 generous sips. All is now gone except for the aftertaste and the lingering memory...

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A truly remarkable experience and a delicious port.

Alex
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2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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Re: 1900 Warre vintage port

Post by RonnieRoots » 10:07 Mon 22 Dec 2008

That is indeed a remarkable colour for a port of that age. Thanks for posting pictures Alex.

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