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QUESTION: Someone gave me the following bottles, all of which I am afraid have little or no value, or are now undrinkable.  Any advice welcome:

1) 1978 Dominique Lurton Chateau Reynier Bordeaux

2) 1959 Pierre Cartier Medoc

3) 1977 Baron Philippe de Rothschild Mouton-Cadet

4) 1978 Chateau Griviere Medoc

5) 1985 Barton & Guestier Saint-Emilion

6) 1959 Chateau Simard Saint-Emillion

ANSWER: Hi Richard

I hope you are a gambling man.  These are decent wines, but they were never meant to age this long.

Under perfect storage conditions some of them might still have a bit of life, but that's not likely.  In most cases these will have lost their fruit, color, and most of their charm.

But you have nothing to lose.  Open them up and see if any of them are still alive.

They won't have any value on the auction market ~ for the very reasons I have given you.  But there may be a surprise in one or two of the bottles.

Hope that helps.

Paul Wagner

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QUESTION: Thank you so much for your quick response!

One additional bottle that I forgot to include is a 1980 Louis M. Martini North Coast  Cab

Thanks again!

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Hi Richard

This might be the best bet of the bunch.    Louis Martini wines were always very nicely balanced, and aged surprisingly well.  It won't be big and rich, but if it was stored well it should be quite pleasant.

Try it with a roast chicken or turkey...

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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