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Default Wine that got you into wine?

Anders T°rneskog scribed:

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>"Ed Jay" > skrev i melding
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>> Ian Hoare scribed:
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>> I can't remember drinking the '59 Moutton. What I do remember is falling
>> in love with the Lafite and buying it every time I was able to. And, I
>> remember paying the outrageous price of...$71/btl.
>> --

>71$? USD? That must have been a late price (in the late 70'ies?)


I paid $71 in 1974, at the local gourmet shop (Chalet Gourmet). It was on
the menu at my favorite restaurant for $110.

>I have a copy of a Norwegian list from 1965, unfortunately without the
>Lafite, but including such items as Ch. d'Yquem 1960 at 7USD and Ch.
>Rieussec 1959 at 3.75USD. Alcohol was, and is, heavily taxed in Norway, so
>deduct about 30% to get international prices...


Ch. d'Yquem for only $7? Is that a typo? (Please...tell me it's a typo!)
;-)
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>Of course, price differentials between ordinary and great wine were far less
>in older days. I've also a list from 1927 showing unspecified St.Emilion NV
>at 0.45USD and Ch.Latour 1916 at 1.45USD... The Petrus 1916 was 0.95USD.


Indeed, the world as we knew it, has ended... :-)

>That says something about real value differentials - there's simply no
>justification in paying 100times more for a grand wine than for an ordinary
>one, other than snob value.
>

I respectfully disagree. The '59 Lafite is a good example of why I
disagree, as is the '82 Moutton, etc., etc.

I certainly do agree that some wines aren't worth the bloated prices, save
snob appeal (Screaming Eagle is the first to pop into my mind.).
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