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Paul, I have an unopened bottle of 40 year old Courvoisier Cognac that was purchased in Saigon in 1965. It is in its original box. Can you give me an estimated value?

Thank you so much!

Ken Magnuson

Answer
Hi Ken

Distilled spirits like this are so high in alcohol that they don't change much, for better or worse, once they're in the bottle.  The good news is that this is fine to drink.  The bad news is thaat it hasn't appreciated in value the way some fine wines do.  This is worth about as much as a current bottling--maybe $50+ US

Sorry I can't give you more exciting news.

Paul Wagner

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Paul Wagner

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I have spent most of my adult life eating and drinking throughout the world, and can usually remember some of it! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at rickandpaulwine.com, where I answer questions about food and drink on the air.

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30 years in the business.

Education/Credentials
I have taught at Napa Valley College for the past 20 years.

Past/Present Clients
Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Company, The Court of Master Sommeliers, Constellation Wines, The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, Vinitaly, Napa County Agricultural Commissioner.

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