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Cavendish vintage 1949 vin de liqueur

Posted: 15:05 Thu 11 Jan 2018
by Hoges
Drink it or sell it?
Had this bottle for around 20 years and forgot it was in the cellar for the past 10.
Should I drink it (is it worth drinking?) or sell it (is it worth anything?)
Many thanks

Re: Cavendish vintage 1949 vin de liqueur

Posted: 17:17 Thu 11 Jan 2018
by PhilW
If this is what I think it is (please post a photo if you want us to verify) then this is port-like wine from South Africa, and is a 30yr tawny-style wine. If so then it will probably have been bottled in 1979, and while intended for immediate drinking at that time, should still be drinkable now as long as it has been well stored.

In peak condition this might sell for around £60-80 by private sale or by auction after fees removed; depending on condition it might fetch much less; you might be able to sell it for more next year when it will be an anniversary year. I would suggest saving it until next year and then drinking it with a friend or relative whose birth date ends in a 9.

Re: Cavendish vintage 1949 vin de liqueur

Posted: 17:51 Thu 11 Jan 2018
by Hoges
Yep, that’s the one. Says 30 years maturation in oak wood on the label. Many thanks, my 60th next year (1959 babe) so if it’s drinkable, might just go ahead and drink it then.

Re: Cavendish vintage 1949 vin de liqueur

Posted: 12:59 Fri 12 Jan 2018
by DaveRL
An excellent solution. I do hope you enjoy it.

Re: Cavendish vintage 1949 vin de liqueur

Posted: 14:43 Fri 12 Jan 2018
by AHB
It should be drinkable. I had a bottle of the 1963 version a few years ago and it was still very much alive — very acidic, with the acidity being the feature which kept the port alive. I would expect this vintage to be pretty impressive.