Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 20 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4870 times:
What is the oldest wine you've tasted? What is the oldest wine you've seen and not tasted? What is the oldest wine you've heard of? Does that crap really taste better with age or is it just rotten, fermented grape juice?
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FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3025 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4835 times:
I have seen much older in stores, etc. (don't know for sure what the oldest was), but the oldest I can remember tasting was a 1970 Chateau d'Yquem, which I received as a gift from my soon-to-be father-in-law. It was excellent...definitely more than "rotten, fermented grape juice"! Would I know the difference between it and, say, a 1971? Possibly not--I'm not that much of a connoisseur. But it was substantially different from newer Sauternes I have tried. Ditto with a 1978 Latour that I drank last year.
Note that not all wines age well. The vast majority should be consumed within a few years of bottling. Certain reds, however, notably cabernet sauvignon (and therefore the great reds of Bordeaux, like Latour, of which cab is usually the principal grape), age very well, as do many sweet whites such as Sauternes (like the Yquem I mentioned above) and riesling auslesen/beerenauslesen/etc., and of course vintage port, which is known in particular for its longevity. But your average less-than-$10 bottle (or box, heaven forbid) of wine might not taste so good after 5 years, let alone 20 or 30!
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4836 times:
A 1927 St Emilion... was in the mid 1990s...
The cheese we had was not that old.
I am classy for wines, but like cheeses less than 2-3 years old...
Mold is OK in Roquefort (blue cheese for folks from Crapchester)