For $19.99 back then, (now new ones start at $300) with 13% alcohol, and even from a lesser vintage, the old Burgundy, the 1977 Chambertin Clos de Beze, scored 18 Dionysian points out of 20.

Decanted and consumed at once. The rich cherry still lingered with oak, spices, wood-oven-smoke and moist forest floor, the wine was still holding. It’s one of the few Grand Cru Burgundies. At 43 years old, it quickly teaches that aged Burgundy is complex and filled with massive complexities.

It was served with a pork-bacon dish that was stuffed with spinach.

It was from my daughter’s birth year and it’s always nice to drink some wine from someone’s birth year. Put some wine away right now for your children’s 21st and 30 birthdays. It’s something to look forward to and help keep you alive. In Vino Veritas.