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When we moved into our home, we found a bottle of wine in the attice.  It was wrapped in dark paper and in a paper bag.  I have stored it in the dark paper and on its side.  

This is what the label says:
Chateau Montrose
L. Charmolue
Mis en Bouteille au Chateau

The label is a little worn and has a medallion on the top that says medaille d'or grande medaille ministerielle 1871.

What can you tell me about this wine.


It seems like have found a very historic bottle. Located in the Medoc village of St. Estephe, Chateau Montrose is a Cru Classe Second Growth, so named in the famous 1855 Classification which at the time made it one of the top dozen or so Bordeaux wines. Over the centuries it has maintained a top reputation and is today a very desirable wine. Louis Charmolue acquired the property from his father-in-law in 1896 and today it remains in the Charmolue family. 1898 was one year shy of two superb vintages (1899 and 1900) and was very uneven in quality, which limits its value and collectibility. Also, storage in the attic would preclude any possibility that it might still be drinkable. However, it's possible that a collector might find it interesting for historic reasons. If you so choose you might contact an auction house as to its viability.  


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