$11,000 of Wine: Would You Drink or Sell?

By March 27, 2011Wines

Wine Lovers of Connecticut recently conducted a BYOB featuring aged Bordeaux. There were 15 wine lovers in attendance and each brought a prized possession from their cellars. Here is the roster of wines:

Trolong Mondot ‘95 St. Emilion
L’Angélus ‘89 St. Emilion
La Conseillante ‘94 Pomerol
Rouget 82 Pomerol
Gruaud Larose ‘70 St. Julien
Clos LaRose ‘64 St. Emilion

Ducru-Beaucaillou ‘95 St. Julien
Beycheville ‘86 St. Julien
Montrose ‘86 St. Estèphe
Haut Brion ‘90 Graves
Cheval Blanc ‘90 St. Emilion
Cheval Blanc ‘82 St. Emilion
Mouton-Rothschild ‘95 Pauillac
Mouton- Rothschild ‘85 Pauillac
Lafite-Rothschild ‘82 Pauillac

All of the wines were in perfect condition. with the possible exception of the 1989 Angélus that was showing its age. All of the 1st growths were magnificent as you would expect. But there were many great tasting experiences: the 1995 2nd growth Ducru Beaucaillou showed beautifully with great color and fruit. The consensus surprise of the evening was the 1964 Clos LaRose, a nondescript St Emilion impossible to research. Yet the wine was beautiful: full of fruit and a deep red color. All of the wines had their own history which each owner shared: this particular wine was purchased in France for no other reason than because the buyer graduated from high school in 1964; what a gem to share with the rest of us wine lovers.

One retailer estimated the value at over $11,000 and suggested we sell the wines instead of drinking them. I do  believe everyone at the tasting wanted to share their wines although they knew the relative value. My question to all of you is: what would you do under similar circumstances: drink or sell?

$11,000+ of wine

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