For these reasons, I made my last purchase of Bordeaux with the 2000 vintage. Bought five cases of really nice wine and no mas. I did purchase four cases of 2005 Burgundy but of course that wine is much more approachable than Bordeaux.
My mother is into her 70's (although she would kill me for posting that) and enjoys a glass almost every night. I have for years given her bottles of German wine for the holidays.

One of the guys I work with brings his 94 yr old mother a 6 pack of Miller to the nursing home every week or two. A bottle of beer a day keeps the reaper at bay...
When I was in high school, I used to help my grandmother (who was in her early 70s then) a case of Bud every month -- about $18. She lived till she was 86 although she dropped drinking around 80 years of age.
It's the luck of the draw. My late grandfather drank a "shnapps" (crown royal on the rocks) every morning and night and he lived until he was 94. Others must give it up earlier for medical reasons. I'm hoping to mimic my grandfather, but who knows?
My great-grand mother died a couple years back at the age of 102...and until she was 101 she enjoyed a glass of red wine every night with dinner.

But, to answer your question -- do you have kids who enjoy wine (or you would like them to?) If so, keep investing and one day you can leave your collection to your kids or other loved ones.
Being into the later half of my 60's, I quit buying those 20+ year agers in the mid-90's. I still buy some older vintage wines of what I hope will be excellent provenance and pray when I open them, they are as expected. I do have a reasonable supply of quality wines that will last beyond my taste buds and I purchase medium term wines (peak 8-15 years) when I can find them. Other than some drink nows, I buy nothing of new vintages that require ageing.
It does make me nervous when my kids start checking out my cellars. Smile

Dad, are you not buying futures anymore. Red Face

The good news is, there is more and more wine every year in the market that will drink well within 10 years of release.
I buy whatever I feel like buying and try not to concern myself with my own longevity. Que sera sera. However, with the cost of Bordeaux futures, why would I invest in something that won't be drinkable for 20 years, when for less money, I can purchase more approachable wines (considering provenance is not a concern).
I´m not going to quit drinking wine due to age, only due to lack of life.
As for how long I´m going to purchase wines that require long term cellaring, I will purchase them as long as I can afford them.

The cellar is for future pleasure. The ones I´m not drinking, hopefully my kids will love.
You can't draw the line to a particular vintage for all wines. Like most folks here, my goal is to drink all my wines before I kick the bucket.

Barolo - 2004 Seghesio was the last purchase
Bordeaux - 2005 was the last vintage.
Burgundy - 2005 was the last vintage.
Brunello - I may be buying the '06, depending on reviews
CdP - 2006 Beaucastel and no plans on purchasing anymore
CA Cab - only purchased 2007 Stefania's and no plans to purchase other wines.
CA Pinot - 2007 will be the last purchase.
WA Cab - 2007 QCs
I don't like buying wine that make me think of my own mortality either. I am trying to buy wines that mature in 2-5 years.
You stop drinking wine when you die. I don't care what happens then.

Until I die, I think I'm going to keep living. So if a wine is good, I'll buy it. I don't pay attention to drinking windows suggested by someone else. I know what young wine is like and sometimes I like that.
It is depressing to be in your mid 40s and having fancy grape juice make you feel your mortality. With that said, I no longer buy port to age.
Please draw a proper distinction between "maturing" and "aging". The two can and often are completely different. That is all.

Originally posted by Mezzo Litro:
Originally posted by Chilicat:
It is depressing to be in your mid 40s and having fancy grape juice make you feel your mortality. With that said, I no longer buy port to age.

It was the loss of several dear friends over the past 9 months that got me thinking. I'm not gonna wait a couple of decades for enjoyment I need today.

Sorry for your loss Mezzo. You are right, enjoy today for sure, but maybe tuck away a couple of gems just in case the good Lord spares you and you're alive and kicking (and drinking) in 2030! (like an insurance policy Smile )
Originally posted by Chilicat:
It is depressing to be in your mid 40s and having fancy grape juice make you feel your mortality. With that said, I no longer buy port to age.

Right there with you. For various reasons (age included), I probably won't be buying much of the current or future releases of Vintage Port or Bordeaux. Back vintages are another story....
This is a bit depressing to read, but being in my mid 30's, I have many vintages left to buy and cellar wine. Worst case scenario, my kids (if I ever have any) will inherit a heck of a nice cellar! -mJ

How much money do you want to spend on wine (or other items) that you can't enjoy until 20 -30 years later (and which might possibly spoil during that timeframe)?
"My father is in his mid-70s and he has not been able to drink wine, according to doctor’s orders, for about 3 or 4 years now."

My in-laws are 87. Mother-in-law has survived breast and ovarian cancer. Father-in-law has had some significant heart issues.
They drink wine every night.
I think your father needs a second opinion.

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