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I found a Bottle of 1959 Bordeaux Cruse that was distributed by the Jos. Garneau Co., in NYC.  It has something that looks like a serial number 916058.  The label is a little rough, but it looks to be in good shape otherwise.  Is it worth anything?... or is it likely to be worth drinking by some one like me who usually spends $10 TO $20 per bottle?

Thank you - Rex Fouch

Hi Rex

I apologize for this delay.  I answered your question a couple of days ago, but it looks like there was a software glitch...because this shows you never saw the answer.

Here is what I told you.  Only the greatest chateaux in Bordeaux in 1959 made wines that were capable of aging until today, and even some of those are now showing their age.  Your wine is a negociant blend...a selection of wines put together by a local winemaker to create something that would be pleasant to drink 5-7 years after the vintage.  By now this bottle is tired and faded, with little fruit and browning color.  It won't have any value on the auction market, and it may not have much charm left, either.

But you have nothing to lose.  Open it up and serve it with a roast chicken or mild cheeses, and see what it's like.  Just have a back-up bottle on hand in case it really is completely dead.

Sorry that I can't give you better news.

Paul Wagner  


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Paul Wagner


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.

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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