In Anticipation: 1980 Bâtard-Montrachet

Just threw this into the fridge. Any predictions? 1980 was nobody’s idea of a good vintage. Thoughts?



About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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33 Responses to In Anticipation: 1980 Bâtard-Montrachet

  1. Ron Scubadiver says:

    1980, how long ago was that? I can’t count that high, LOL. I would be concerned about how it was stored.


  2. themodernsomm says:

    Yeah, it all depends on how it was stored. If any white wines other than Sauternes were able to age, it would be the White Burgundy from Montrachet, but I don’t know if they can sit for thirty years. Enjoy it though! I’m jealous of that you get to try a wine like that.


  3. talkavino says:

    You are up for a treat. Tell me later on if I was wrong 🙂 Just the shire age of it is awe inspiring.


  4. PSsquared says:

    The photo is very cool, if that’s any consolation. Excellent lighting. 🙂


  5. The dust is good for +5 points, right? Salud!


  6. I would take the chance as well. If there is a long-lived white, this could be it. Either way, you will have a story to relate, as we will all be curious.


  7. No idea, but I can’t wait to hear! Where did you get it?


  8. Duff's Wines says:

    I’m in the same boat as wineandhistory on being able to advise (not). But, its interesting that we all have these bottles in the basement and we just can’t ever decide to open. I have a 1984 Rioja that I think is past it but then why bother? On second thought, I’m opening on the weekend. You have inspired me.


  9. Can’t wait for the review. Dust was impressive.


  10. lignumdraco says:

    No idea, but be certain the next day after drinking is a day off, just in case. 🙂


  11. waywardwine says:

    There’s something to learn even if it’s dead. Wines older than myself worry me though, I can’t image how I taste these days.


  12. How have had this stored? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this one!


  13. It should still be good. Someone gave me a case if 80s Napa chards with a couple Aussies in the mix. All were somewhat drinkable with different levels of oxidation. The eat ones – like the Montelena- fell off 5-10 minutes after the bottle opened. So savor right away.


  14. anxiously awaiting your review!!!


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