Why not now? The 51 year-old Bordeaux cost just $24.95 when released. I split a case with Dionysians Phil Mazzoni and Joe Ingemi. The 1970 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild scored 19 pints on the Dionysian scale of 20. Cedar, cigar-box, lingering cassis notes all still show, The color, after decanting, was light ruby red with a golden-amber edge. Yes, 12% alcohol wines are perfect for aging.
Just over a year ago, I hosted a 1970’s vertical of Chateau Lafite, all at the original cost, (They’re over a thousand dollars a bottle now because of uneducated label-drinkers) and we judged the full decade of Lafite. The 1970 and the 1978 scored the highest. This one held together easily for over two hours after opening. I can never afford another one. In Vino Veritas.