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I have come across 1976 Tytell Chevalier Grand Vin Bordeaux recently and want to know if this wine is still ok to drink. Bottled and shipped by Ets.. Monarch Francais.

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Hi Francella

Despite the name, this is not one of the great wines of Bordeaux.  It's a negociant brand--a blended wine that was made for drinking in the near term, rather than aging for almost forty years.  

Sad to say, this one is almost certainly over the hill.  It might still have a bit of charm, but the fruit will have died back, the aromas faded, and the color will be pale and possibly turning brown.  If it were mine I would open it up some night and see what it had to offer, but I would also have a back-up bottle on hand, just in case.

Hope that helps.

Paul Wagner  

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Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at rickandpaulwine.com, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.

Experience

30 years in the business.

Organizations
Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society

Publications
Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.

Education/Credentials
I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

Awards and Honors
Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

Past/Present Clients
Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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