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I have a bottle of pommery&greno champagne 1856  unopened  whats it worth

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Hi Maxine

OK.  Let's be clear: the date on your bottle is not a vintage date (the year the grapes were harvested) it's the year the firm was founded.  Your bottle is a non~vintage wine from that firm.

How old is it? I am not sure I could tell you even if I could see the bottle, as these wines deliberately confuse the issue to prevent consumers from trying to find one bottling over another.

The bad news is that non~vintage bubblies are released when they are ready to drink, and are not intended to be aged.  Depending on how old your bottle is, it could well have lost most of its charm by now.

It won't hurt you to try it...just chill it down well beforehand.  But it will probably be a bit tired, faded, and flat.

For all those reasons, it won't have much value to collectors or connoisseurs, so you have little to lose.

Hope that helps.  I am sorry that I can't give you more exciting news.

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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