Until very recently, I would have answered the subject question with a definite “yes.” I’m pretty sure that it’s become increasingly rare for me to open a bottle that’s undrinkable. So in that context, I’m kinda choked that in the last 6 weeks I’ve opened 3 special occasion bottles that have been horribly disappointing:
- 2006 Bouchard Pére Chevalier-Montrachet, bought at Heathrow duty-free in 2009 and stored properly since, opened for friend’s engagement; oxidized.
- 2009 Château Smith Haute Lafite Blanc, bought locally on release; corked (and quite badly!).
- 2012 Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Clos, bought locally on release, opened for birthday dinner; oxidized, not terribly but clearly flawed and undrinkable.
It’s been quite a long time since I’ve had this many spoiled wines in a short time span. These were all wines for which I had very high expectations. I know it’s just coincidence that this happened to me recently, but it’s made curious about others’ experiences.
Do you find that the frequency of spoiled wines has changed for you over the last decade or so?