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Snooth User: Chains

Fort Medoc

Posted by Chains, Feb 1, 2010.

I have recently came across a bottle of "1973 Fort Medoc" but cannot find any information about it. Does anyone know anything about this wine?

Thank you for any help that you can provide!

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 1, 2010.

The wine is likely well past its prime, but what else is on the label? There's a commune named Cussac-Fort-Medoc in Bordeaux, and some old ruins north of Blaye (and across the river from a less-sightworthy nuclear power plant) named Fort Medoc. I've been to a jazz festival in the area back in the '90s that was enjoyable enough. But it's impossible to talk clearly about the wine without more info.

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Reply by Chains, Feb 1, 2010.

Thanks for the response, I will give details in a couple of hours about the label!!!

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Reply by Chains, Feb 1, 2010.

Thanks again for your help! Here is what is on the bottle;

From the top it reads "Maison Ginestet"
1973
Fort Medoc
Appellation Haut-Medoc Controlee
Mis En Bouteilles Dans Nos Chais
S.I.C.A. Des Viticulteurs Du Fort Medoc
Cussac - Fort - Medoc - Gironde - France

I hope this provides more information on the Wine. Also, if it is not drinkable and I am not a collector would you know where I could sell it? Does it have value? Thanks a lot for your help it is much appreciated.

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 1, 2010.

Ginestet is a negociant in Bordeaux. They sell a lot of other chateaux's wine, and also have a novelty label business where you can order some 'St. Emilion' or whatever under your own name on the label. They have more than one label for the wines they sell of their own, and the 'Ginestet' label is for their entry-level offerings. So you have to figure that even if things were a little different in their practices three or four decades ago, this was a pretty ordinary blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

To top that off, 1973 was not a good year. Not the disaster that '72 or '74 was but still not a vintage to plan around for long term aging and enjoyment over the decades. Finally, there is the question of how it has been stored during all that time. Unless you know for sure that conditions were optimal, even the fanciest first growth like Chateau Margaux or Chateau Latour would be dodgy at best. They would be better than this bottle, but still not anything a collector would lust after.

All told I think your bottle has little or no value on any kind of commercial market. It might be fun to drink, as long as your expectations aren't too high. In the best case you'll be able to see how an aged, even if over the hill, Bordeaux blend can taste. In the worst, you could always use it to cook up some sauerbraten.

Before you drink it you should stand it upright for a couple of days to let the sediment settle. Be careful when pulling the cork, because it may have deteriorated to some extent. Nothing worse than trying to drink a glass of wine with crumbled cork fragments coating its surface. Especially if the wine is all tired out to start with... ;-(

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Reply by Chains, Feb 2, 2010.

Well that is a bit disappointing but kind of the answer I figured I would get. The wine is from my parents wedding day back in 1973. My father passed away recently and it was found in the basement. I think that I will shine it up a bit and display it in their home with the rest of the "worthless" antiques lying around :)

Thank you very much for your responses, it is very much appreciated! It is hard to get help from starangers, you are one of a kind!!! Thanks again!

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 2, 2010.

No problems, Chains, and it's too bad that the bottle doesn't appear monetarily valuable, yet it obviously has intrinsic personal value. Go ahead and drink it, remembering all that it will bring to mind. I'm sure it will taste better than it might to a stranger. Then recap and display it, why don't you?

FYI, I've drunk lots of wine over several decades, and sold a bit, too, when I had to. I find that far and away the best pleasure and return from my investment in paying for and learning about wine has come from drinking the wine by myself or even better sharing it with friends and family. Selling it never seems to bring the kind of return I might want...

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Reply by powderhound1960, Mar 19, 2010.

Hi, Sorry for jumping in but I have a bottle ofHaut Medoc from teh same year. Could you possibly provide any information regarding the quality of the wine and if it has any value to a collector?

From the top it reads "Haut Medoc"
1973

Chateau LaTour DU Haut-Moulin cru Bourgeois

Appellation Haut-Medoc Controlee

Mis En Bouteilles au Chateau

Proprietaire A Cussac - Gironde - France

 

regards


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