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JonW

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It was surprisingly better than I thought it would be! And definitely still drinkable.

Lots of depth, quite earthy, and you could tell it was an old wine. Suspect it may have been a bit better with food rather than just on its own....
 

Wattie

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It was surprisingly better than I thought it would be! And definitely still drinkable.

Lots of depth, quite earthy, and you could tell it was an old wine. Suspect it may have been a bit better with food rather than just on its own....
If I were you I’d have another couple to ensure the research was accurate.
 

Ewan

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That’s about £180 a bottle these days. So if you don’t like it, you could sell the remaining 7 bottles to pay for a service on the Maser.
 

Hurricane52

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Over the past year or so, I too have been opening bottles bought 15-20 years ago and was surprised by the experience.

Age has improved the better/more expensive bottles, but to my mind the enjoyment is not really any greater than finding a superb young wine.

I had a long discussion with an organic wine grower/drinking buddy the other day and he kept on coming back to the fact that it is me that has changed more than the wine. Rather, it is my palate that has changed over the years and what I enjoyed when I was 30 is quite different to what I find palatable today.

I can’t help thinking now that a full cellar, whilst comforting, is a bit like having a car collection which remains in the garage. Perhaps we should drink and drive them whilst it’s not too late...
 

ChrisQP09

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I collect wines and whiskys! Very tempted to crack open my 2007 Barolo. Just coming into it’s prime now and would work well with a minced fillet if beef Bolognese
 

CatmanV2

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I really struggle with keeping wines. I used to have 40-50 bottles when I was bartering with my wine importer pal but never any to lay down for an extended period (apart from 4-6 bottles of sweet whites that I still have, because we drink it so rarely)

Just as happy drinking a good one now. :D
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JonW

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I collect wines and whiskys! Very tempted to crack open my 2007 Barolo. Just coming into it’s prime now and would work well with a minced fillet if beef Bolognese
I have a few bottles of Barolo’s from 1996 and 1998 that were both still lovely the last time I tried them... I love a proper aged Barolo

That’s about £180 a bottle these days. So if you don’t like it, you could sell the remaining 7 bottles to pay for a service on the Maser.
I know - but I don’t think anyone serious would buy it as I can’t prove provenance or that it’s been kept in the right conditions... it’s been moved several times when the property of my father in law, and at least twice since I owned it.

There’s a few in the bottom of the cellar that are even older and pricier, which perversely makes it a really tough decision as to when to try them. I even bought one of those Coravin devices as I thought I might just drink them one glass at a time, but the problem is the wine needs to breathe. So you end up pouring a glass at 6pm to be able to enjoy it later in the evening...
 

CatmanV2

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I have a few bottles of Barolo’s from 1996 and 1998 that were both still lovely the last time I tried them... I love a proper aged Barolo
You've got to have proper storage as well, though. I don't. It's all in the garage....

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Hurricane52

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Barolo is sumptuous. I paid an extra £500 to have my Defender painted in Barolo Black as opposed to the standard Santorini Black. Worth it, as it looks almost Mahogany in direct sunlight.

Thing is though, Barolo makes your **** smell, much like asparagus does...
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Andyk

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I have two bottles of white...... 2008 Jean Noel Gagnard....Chassagne Montrachet, La Boudriotte Premier Cru. Was given them as a gift.....Was told they were over £50 a bottle last year but to afraid open them as I think they will not be to my taste reading the descriptions on line and then it will be a waste. Probably better off selling them to someone who would appreciate.
 

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I even bought one of those Coravin devices as I thought I might just drink them one glass at a time, but the problem is the wine needs to breathe. So you end up pouring a glass at 6pm to be able to enjoy it later in the evening...
Have you used it at all? I'm intrigued by them but also a tad apprehensive.
For some reason I haven't found Borolo that I particularly get on with. I guess I should try more!
 

JonW

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Have you used it at all? I'm intrigued by them but also a tad apprehensive.
For some reason I haven't found Borolo that I particularly get on with. I guess I should try more!
Yes - I’ve used it quite a bit, and they are a very clever invention. I bought it quite a while ago, and used to have it on the counter in the kitchen. However, it looks a bit like a cross between a implement used to torture people and a sex toy, so it now lives in a cupboard!

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JonW

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Tonight’s older wine experiment...

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To be honest, this very nearly got poured down the sink, as first sip after opening was not good, and the first glass after about an hour in the decanter was still fairly weak and uninspiring.

However, roll forward 90 mins, after a leisurely dinner, and I thought I’d try one more before pouring it down the sink. Am glad I did, as it’s opened up a lot more, there’s still some fruit there, and some balance, and now it’s a very pleasant drop...
 

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Tonight’s older wine experiment...

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To be honest, this very nearly got poured down the sink, as first sip after opening was not good, and the first glass after about an hour in the decanter was still fairly weak and uninspiring.

However, roll forward 90 mins, after a leisurely dinner, and I thought I’d try one more before pouring it down the sink. Am glad I did, as it’s opened up a lot more, there’s still some fruit there, and some balance, and now it’s a very pleasant drop...
It’s abundantly clear to me, Jon, that you need help. Just let me know when and i’ll be straight round.

edit: straight round. English is a bloody odd language. Must be a bugger to learn. Hats off to everyone who has.
 

Hurricane52

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Tonight’s older wine experiment...

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To be honest, this very nearly got poured down the sink, as first sip after opening was not good, and the first glass after about an hour in the decanter was still fairly weak and uninspiring.

However, roll forward 90 mins, after a leisurely dinner, and I thought I’d try one more before pouring it down the sink. Am glad I did, as it’s opened up a lot more, there’s still some fruit there, and some balance, and now it’s a very pleasant drop...
Did you decant it? I find that a bit of oxygen can make a difference to how quickly it reveals itself. Hope the rest of the bottle got better and better.
 

JonW

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Did you decant it? I find that a bit of oxygen can make a difference to how quickly it reveals itself. Hope the rest of the bottle got better and better.
I did. Decanted and aerated it, and it still took 2+hrs for it to open up...