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Hello Paul,
Cleaning out my Grandmother's house, I found a bottle that had fallen down behind a wall in her home that she has been in since early 1960's.  The bottle was in the upside down position so the cork probably did not dry out, and it was in a dark place.  The label says,  Jouvet Barsac White Bordeaux Wine vintage 1962.  Perhaps it holds no value but knowing a little about the bottle and maybe a little history might make interesting conversation.  Thanks for your attention.

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Hi Douglas

This is interesting.  Normally dry white Bordeaux this old would be dead and gone.  But Barsac is a sweet wine like Sauternes, and it has the potential for living for quite a few years.

Of course, your storage was not ideal, so there is no hope that anyone would be tempted to pay vast amounts of money for this wine.  But there is a chance that it is still drinkable--and maybe even delicious.

When these wines are young, they are rich, sweet, and fruity. As they age, they slowly oxidize, and the color turns brown.  The sugar caramelizes and the wines dry out, but become much richer and more complex.

And then they slowly peter out all together.

There is no telling where your wine is in this progression--probably near the end.   But it will certainly be fun to find out !

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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