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
1969 Delamotte Père et Fils
Reds (mostly burgundy)
1957 Échézeaux (several)
1964 Volnay-clos des Chenes (several)
1957 Corton-Charte Magne
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.