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I have a 6000ml bottle of chateauneuf-du-pape 1986 from Laurent Charles brotte is there any value in this

Hi Mike

I want to make sure that this is a 6000ml bottle---that's quite large!  These are well made wines, with a good reputation.  Older vintages are selling at auction and on-line for $25 to $40 for a 750ml bottle, so yours could conceivably be worth ten times that much money, if you can prove it was stored in perfect conditions.  If you can't do that, the value will be much less.

But it is illegal for US citizen to sell wine, so you would have to work through an auction house or retailer, and they will take a significant commission.

If it were mine, I think I would pick a special occasion in the next couple of years with lots of family and friends and open it up. And it would have a few bottles of backup wine on hand, just in case this one is DOA.  

It could be quite wonderful---but it's getting to that point where you should drink it soon,

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, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.


30 years in the business.

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

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

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.

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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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