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Snooth User: JZ

Value of 18-60 year-old Wines???

Posted by JZ, Jan 21, 2009.

Hello all, I'm hoping to find some help in the middle of all of your knowledge! I have a few bottles of wine in storage that I aquired from an estate a few years back. Unfortunately they were not properly stored..... they were found upright on a basement shelf. I'll get the details on them later but I do know there's a a couple 1983-91 bottles of of Earnst & Julio Gallo, a 1949 bottle (from France I believe) and a couple others. I did open a few different bottles so far, supportting my theory that they have all gone bad! But I'm hoping the unopened bottles may be worth something? Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated. On the bright side.... the 1962 Canadian Club whiskey was fantasticly smooth! and I still have a bottle of 1961 unopened with the tax label intact! ( and a variety of others... )


Reply by MReff, Jan 21, 2009.

check the labels and report back. If they were not properly stored you might just have fancy bottles to look.



Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jan 21, 2009.

Yeah - the spirits should be fine, but unless they were hardy, hearty wines with the tannins and acidity to survive years of abuse, they're not going to be worth selling.


Reply by JZ, Jan 21, 2009.

This is the unopened wine:

1949 Sauternes White Bordeaux - Jean Levasseur, Bordeaux France
89 north coast chardonnay & 85 northern sonoma cabrinet sauvignon - Earnst&Julio Gallo
Rhine Wine of California - Gallo
Cresta Blanca triple cream california sherry
1990 Door Peninsula Winery - American Country Blush

And this is the unopened spirits. All have tax-labels. Anyone know how to decode the #'s on these label to find out what year?

Haig & Haig blended scotch whiskey
Lauder's Scotch blended scotch whiskey
Inver House green plaid Rare Scotch Whisky
flieschmans vodka
1960 Canadian Club blended whisky
also have a few el-cheapo's like creme-de-banana, cremedecocoa. I don't think these would've kept well.

Any thoughts on the value would be greatly appreciated.


Reply by Philip James, Jan 21, 2009.

JZ - in about 4 or 5 hours we'll have a new feature to the site that should be able to help you with any of the wines you are checking on... I'll post here once we release it.

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jan 21, 2009.

1949 was a great Sauternes vintage, but I believe that the shipper Jean Levasseur is long gone. This bottle might fetch up to $100 by someone willing to take a flyer on it.

The 1985 Cabernet might still have some life, but the Chardonnays, Gallo wines, sherry and blush are probably mostly undrinkable.

The 3 bottles of scotch and the 1 Canadian club are probably still good, but they were basic blends to begin with. Fleischmans is a low-end vodka brand. I don't know how well a liqueur like Kahlua would hold up - it has probably separated like the creme de whatevers.

You might get a few hundred dollars for the whole lot from someone interested in all these oddities.

Reply by fibo86, Jan 28, 2009.

Kahlua isn't a cream liqueur it's a coffee base like Tia Maria so it should be fine as for anything creamy as RB says it'll have turned by now. I'll get back to you on the Inver house- is there anymore info regarding that?
The 61 Canadian might be worth something especially if the label has changed (which it would have). I have to do some research and get back to you. If there are anymore spirits you'd like to querie please send a detailed list and I'll research it for you.

Reply by jdawn, Jul 13, 2010.

We just inherited a 1947 bottle of Inver House Very Rare Scotch Whisky..any news on value as a collectible?

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jul 13, 2010.

Scotch (and spirits in general) is bottled ready to drink. For the most part, spirits do not evolve in the bottle like a wine does. In fact, some argue that spirits start to go off after 5 to 10 years in a sealed bottle. This means that there isn't much of a market for old spirits beyond the rarity factor.

Also Scotch isn't usually vintage dated.

Does this bottle say that it was bottled in 1947? Or is it full of aged whiskey from 1947 and bottled at a later date?

Reply by jdawn, Jul 13, 2010.

the date 1947 is stamped on the bottle and is not very obvious unless you are looking for it...

there is also : MD996 - the second letter could also be an O or Q as it is stamped along below the date and the letters are fairly close together..


Reply by Snoother 1213918, Feb 23, 2013.

HI my name is Robert S.,i have a bottle of CALIFORNIA CHAMPAGNE COSTA BLANCA  circa 1965,GOLD LEBEL,how much is worth?my email is

Reply by Snoother 1213918, Feb 23, 2013.

Hello my name is Robert S,i have a bottle of California champagne CRESTA BLANCA cca. 1965 gold lebel,how much is worth??

Reply by amour, Feb 25, 2013.

Try to drink the Sauternes tonight!

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