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169 Bottles of Wine

StephenB | Jul 24, 2003 11:16 AM

My late uncle was a serious wine collector. This week I received from his estate 169 bottles of wine. Since I am by no stretch of the imagination a oenologist or even a certified oenophile, I need help. I want to know:

--What I should drink or give to friends when I am invited to dinner.

--What I should throw away because it's past its cycle and is no longer potable.

--What I should sell because it has high value (and if so, how to sell it, through personal sales or auction).

I should say that this collection was scientifically stored up until 1995 when my uncle lost interest in just about everything. Even so, the bottles were stored horizontally in a basement, though I have reason to believe that the atmosphere controls failed. He was a member of Les Chevaliers de Tastevin, and some of these wines were meant for the group's dinners.

I have opened only a few of the cases and here is a sampling of what I've found:


1978 Moêt et Chandon magnum
1953 Piper Heidsieck magnum
1983 Moêt et Chandon
1961 Taittinger
1969 Delamotte Père et Fils

Reds (mostly burgundy)

1957 Échézeaux (several)
1959 ditto
1964 Volnay-clos des Chenes (several)
1949 Richebourg
1957 Corton-Charte Magne
1949 Chambertin
1955 Chambolle Musigny

I've been told that there is one 1895 wine, but I haven't come across it yet.

I'd be grateful for advice from qualified people.

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