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Bring Me the '46

If you've ever fantasized about having a wine cellar (and I'm snob enough to dream of one with a small castle attached), do yourself a favor and read about the NYTimes wine critic blathering about the '46 burgundy. The 1846, that is, as well as an 1865, a 1929, a 1939, and so on.

I'm not sure I need to drink them to imagine a certain glory in any establishment that keeps a wine intact for generations, and can serve a glass of it after 160 years.

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varianor
Jan. 11th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I have the palate to appreciate something like that. Wouldn't mind having the wine cellar to support the tastings though!
the_monkey_king
Jan. 11th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Oh, I definitely don't have the palate for it. But the idea of it makes the historian in me just twitch with antici.... pation.
opaoma
Jan. 11th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
1725
In the Rathskeller of the city of Bremen I drank a glass of wine (it was more of a thimble actually) which was supposedly from 1726. It cost about a dollar, which then, in 1952, was good money. It wasn't worth it! So don't pine for the 1846, it may be bad too.
open_design
Jan. 11th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
Re: 1725
Wow! I imagine some of the wines of that time are more curiosities than anything else. The NYTimes story seemed to indicate that new corks were required every so many years.

It still boggles my mind that drinks from that long ago are even available and palatable.
trentc
Jan. 11th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: 1725
Available? Probably.

Palatable? Um... probably not?

I'm a fledgling wine enthusiast -- I live in Oregon wine country, by God! -- and while I can't tell you how long to let a pinot noir age, I can tell you that a 100-year-old pinot noir is going to be undrinkable. (Not that there are any yet...)

I often suspect that the 250-year-old bottles of wine are being sold more as historical artifacts or collectibles. I wouldn't want to play baseball with a ball signed by Babe Ruth, I wouldn't cut the mail-away offers out of a copy of ACTION COMICS #1, and I wouldn't want to drink wine that was bottled before the founding of the Republic.
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