Jill’s friend, Leslie, knows a lot about wine. She also had some extra wine that she needed to drink in case it was getting past its prime.
One of these bottles was an imperial of 1998 Mauregard of Chateau Camarsan from Bordeaux, France.
It was ranked in the top 5% of wineries in the world according to vivino.
Now, it has been in the bottle for almost 17 years so we were hoping it would still be drinkable and not have gone off.
For your information, an Imperial is 8 bottles of wine and not the 4 that I thought it was originally. My good friend, Suhneel, let me know when he saw this video.
My friend, Lisa, who I used to work with at Bay Club Marin, was invited to come over and hang out with us and she wanted to try it also.
Well, first things first we had to open it.
The cork seemed okay as I pulled it out but when we looked at the bottom of the cork, there were a lot of crystals.
These are tartrate crystals, and are harmless and tasteless.
However, they are crunchy so we decided to decant the bottle since we didn’t want to bite down on one while we were drinking the wine.
After decanting it, we all tried a little taste and agreed, sadly, that it had gone past and didn’t have much taste at all.
We really didn’t have much use for 8 bottles worth of vinegar (which is what we could have turned it into) so we just poured it down the drain and moved on to a couple of bottles of Armista since Jill and Leslie love Armista’s wines and are friends with the owners.
I guess the moral of the story is always be prepared because you never know when you’ll need more wine!