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Drink up! Or not


#1

Lurking in the deeper recesses of my wine stocks I discovered this. Apparently I should have drunk it 5 years ago. It may be an interesting experience for this evening’s Friday night tipple.


#2

And here it is. Whether my disregarding the drink-by date is stunningly successful, or a disaster, we shall find out. I’d be interested in others’ experience of ignoring drink date windows.


#3

My experiences have been variable, but generally positive, particularly where there is decent reason to think that the window might be longer. A lot depends on storage too.


#4

The moment of truth. Success, I think. Plenty of life in it, with a rather rich and concentrated berry and plum character, supported by a decent tannic backbone. Very agreeable. As I’ve found particularly with red Bordeaux, they will go on for a while - and I store my wine in temperature and humidity controlled “caves” (not the posh type), which obviously helps.


#5

Excellent! I do get the impression that the Wine Society’s drink dates can be a little on the cautious side. There are some wines that I’m planning to drink well after it says to stop.


#6

I can’t drink them fast enough to get them all in within the prescribed deadlines. And that’s without getting close to being within the Government’s alcohol consumption guidelines!