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1966 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

Scoring 19 Dionysian points, the great vintage of 1966 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou listed its alcohol at 11% to 14%,  and now cost hundrends of dollars a bottle, but…


2000 Chateau Cos d’Estournel

With 13% alcohol, scoring 18 Dionysian points, and costing close to a hundred bucks, the 2000 Chateau Cos d’Eteournel Saint-Estephe Bordeaux is coming into its peak at 18…


1973 Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Perfectly balanced, red brick in color, leather and spice on the nose, and all from a weak vintage. The 1973 Chateau Lafite Rothschild was begging to be opened….


1982 Chateau Margaux

Worth over $1,000 now, but was under $90 when bought, and with 13% alcohol, the 1982 Grand Cru Chateau Margaux scored 19.5 points on the Dionysian scale of…


50-Year-Old 1967 Bordeaux

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the American Wine Society, I opened some 1967 wines with AWS members who were Dionysians. After careful decanting, quick rinsing of the…


1975 Chateau La Tour Blanche Sauternes

Getting 19 Dionysian points,  the 13% alcohol 1975 Chateau La Tour Blanche Sauternes cost under $25 back then. Apricot, peach and honey flooded the aroma. It was soft…


2011 Chateau Rauzan-Gassies

The Second Growth Grand Cru Bordeaux Chateau Rauzan-Gassies has 13% alcohol, cost under $40 and even for a very weak vintage year, scored a pleasant 15 Dionysian points…


1978 Chateau Clarke

The 39 year-old 1978 Chateau Clarke scored 71+ Dionysian points out of a possible 20. Its 12% alcohol was ideal, and it cost, back then, about $15. Barnyard…

1976 Chateau Lynch Bages

At 41 years old, the 1976 Chateau Lunch Bages, a fifth-growth Grand Cru from Bordeaux’s Pauillac area,  scored 17+ points out of 20.  It was listed then 11%…


1975 Chateau Pichon-Comtesse

This average rated vintage scored 17+ points and cost under $20 back then. The 1974 Chateau Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse de Lalande  had 12.5% alcohol, and at 42 years old was…