When I first became interested in wine, the idea of buying an already aged bottle or museum release didn’t appeal. There seemed to be something magical about dusting off a bottle I’d bought some time ago and kept. Then proceeding through the ritual of showing off, ogling and decanting it. And alas also, from time to time, finding the bottle was spoiled and no amount of hoping was going to make it drinkable.
Well, years later I’m a little more grown up and can see the benefits of someone else having lovingly looked after my wine! We have a small range of museum release wines, which have been stored under ideal conditions by the producers themselves. Many of the prices are at current release levels or very similar. They are rare and the quantities available are tiny. These producers make a point of offering some of their wines as museum releases – with all the waiting done!