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So how long do you keep a wine? How can U tell if U can keep it for 2yrs? I have a Lafite Reserve Speciale Pauillac 2007. I also have some wines that are 2008, 2009, 2010.I did open a Pauillac 2007 and it did not taste bad, but I don't know my wines taste's very well.

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Knowing how long to keep a wine depends on the kind of wine it is and the vintage. Right now most 2007 Bordeaux are ready to drink. If you're holding Bordeaux then in general you can keep the '09's and '10's another 2-4 years and the 2008's a year or so less. Keep in mind it's better to drink your wine too early than too late.  


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