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Are you sure, sure?

For those Americans interested in watching summer television game shows the phrases “It’s worth WHAT!” and “Are you sure, sure?” resonate with the infographic highlighting Bordeaux wines. The infographic published on Snooth.com shows the auction prices of several leading producers for a bottle of acclaimed wine. For instance, a 1945 bottle of Mouton-Rothschild has current auction price of $12,551.36. “It’s worth WHAT?” Someone that splurges on a $20 bottle of wine could buy 627 bottles for the same price.

Compare the price of the 1945 Mouton-Rothschild to the 1985 Mouton-Rothschild results in a savings of $12,266.70. At $284.66 per bottle for the 1985, it ranked as the least expensive wine on the infographic. Other producers included on the image are Latour, Lafite-Rothschild, Haut-Brion and Margaux. Although 1945 and 1985 vintage years were shown on the graphic also vintages from 1961, 1990, 1995 and 2000 appear. What was the second most expensive wine? A 1945 Haut-Brion had an auction price of $3,300. “It’s worth WHAT?”

I just bottled a barrel of 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. After 20 plus months in French oak it is drinking nicely right now. This creates quite a dilemma. If I drink it now, it will be gone. If I don’t drink it, I might be gone. How many of the winemakers from 1945 are still alive today? Decision – I’ll drink the 09 Cab over the next few years and yes, “I’m sure, sure!”


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