Old vintage wines bottles are often irreplaceable.
Vintage wines are much sought-after by collectors and amateurs.
As years go, vintage wines developed themselves toward more balanced in which the terroir and the winemaker skills can be fully expressed.
The most interesting vintages of the fifties for wine collectors are:
Bordeaux: 1953 - A very good year. Average quantity. Very brilliant. A deep colour, with evident nuances of orange round the edge.
A bouquet of fresh aromas, mint and new-mown hay. Rich and mellow in the mouth, full and melting, chewy. Overall, a great deal of freshness.
Italy: 1955 - Good year. Wine with an exellent balance, fairly winey; a wine of great perfume.
Bordeaux: 1955 - A very good year. Average quantity. Brilliant, rich colour, orange round the edge. A very delicate bouquet of great finesse. Ripe, melting tannins though still closed up. Wonderful concentration, and a splendid finish.
Italy: 1957 -A very good year. Rich and mellow wine, with an optimal balance.
Italy: 1958 - An exceptional year. Full, not too mellow wine, full-bodied, very brilliant, deep bouquet.
Bordeaux: 1959 - An exceptional year. Small harvest. Brilliant, very good colour. A fine peppery bouquet. Very much a Cos wine. In the mouth, its is complete, very long and full of flavour right at the start. Overall mildness. Mellow. The tannin is actually present but is detected only at the very end of the tasting.
The best vintage and rare wines come from Bordeaux (here wines of 1950, 1953, 1957) and from Tuscany (Chianti of 1958) and Piemont (Barolo of 1959)