Today, May 8th, is the 70th anniversary of "VE Day," the end of World War II in Europe. (The Pacific Theater would continue for several more months.)
Woolf Sung, a London wine merchant, is apparently offering a number of wines from the legendary 1945 vintage. The wines specifically mentioned in the linked article are:
1945 Krug Brut Champagne
1945 Château Mouton Rothschild
1945 Château Pétrus
1945 Château Lafite
1945 Château Latour
(or perhaps it's the 1918 Lafite and Latour)
1966 Champagne Dom Pérignon¹
Lists like this truly make me realize how fortunate, how lucky, I have been. I have had (and enjoyed) six of these eight wines, some more than once, and yet -- while I knew at the time they were superb, incredible wines, and while I knew 1945 was the end of the war -- did I truly appreciate the connection? the quality?
Do we ever while in our (relative) youth?
¹ This was the then-current vintage of Dom Pérignon when I entered the trade; retail price in California was $18.10/btl. At £5,000 for 6 bottles, that equates to approx. $1,285 per bottle. And *that* leaves me speechless . . .