1,650 year old unopened wine bottle looks like it should stay that way

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/09/1650-year-old-unopened-wine-b.html

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Balsamic vinegar, if they’re lucky.

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It looks like oil paint.

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Thats quite a generous description here…

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Wow, wine lasts pretty much a day in our house.

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SCIENTIST: It’s an amazing find; but the contents don’t look terribly well-preserved or appetizing.
BOTTLE OF WINE: When nearly seventeen hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not.

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Jacques Cousteau is alleged to have tasted a similarly old vintage. He also gave a sealed amphora from the same wreck to his friend Alexis Lichine as a gift. Lichine described the taste as follows:

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It just needs to breath a little.

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My wine teacher drank a c.800 yr old bottle of wine. She said it was fine but nothing special. It was a Madeira type, pre-oxidised for marine transport and robustness.

Think they found another in a bog quite recently.

This on the other hand should probably be opened in an anaerobic environment for scientific purposes only.

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“The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean.”

–Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia

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As for pairing, may I suggest the rancid mammoth jerky?

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It is.

http://www.speyer.de/sv_speyer/en/Tourism/

And this:

http://www.apx.lvr.de/en/willkommen/willkommen_1.html

Sounds like someone describing a hookup

I recall another Cousteau episode where dive-swag included a couple of bottles of 18th c.wine. The wine (with spiny lobster as the main dish, on board the “Calypso”) was declared a success.

Let it breath!

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Probably tastes like Minnie.

clemens2

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Oh come on. Wine that old deserves the best. At least an Emperor or don’t even bother.

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FTFY
Roemerwein_in_Speyer

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Dude, that’s not wine – You found my 1,650 year old bottle of eggplant Parmesan!
(Now, if I could find the perfect drink to go with it…)