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Default Wine that got you into wine?

Anders T°rneskog scribed:

>"Ed Jay" > skrev i melding
.. .
>> Ian Hoare scribed:
>> 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!)
>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.).
Ed Jay (remove 'M' to respond by email)