Hi, my first post on these forums so I hope this is in the right place. Just wondering if anyone has advice on old wines - I’ve just discovered a little stash of about 30 or 40 bottles in a cellar at my fathers house and I’m curious as to what to do with them - daft question in some ways of course but I opened a 1999 St Pelorus Cloudy Bay (a sparkling wine) last night and it had clearly gone, it was quite unpleasant. But it calls itself a “vintage” wine. There are various other things in there - is the only way to open and try? Or can I just write off the very old stuff - eg there’s quite a few 1982 Chateau Durand Laplage Pusseguin-St Emilions which are nigh on 40 years old now. And there’s a Dom Perignan 1983.
When I look online I haven’t managed to find any recent notes or anything that might help me predict. I’m asking because I’m clearing things out and I don’t want things hanging around if they’re dead, but equally don’t want to throw out anything that might be a really great wine. And I can’t just open them now, life is too busy!
There are some ports which I guess should be fine - but what about a case of 1971 Cognac Grand Fine Champagne? Or a case of ordinary Moet and Chandon, which I would guess is from the early 80s - will it have survived?
Any thoughts much appreciated!