I am one of the unlucky wine enthusiasts born in 1967. I tried to find decent birthday wines to mark my 30th and 40th birthdays with limited success. So far the best results have been a 1967 Bertani Amarone, 1967 Beaulieu GDL, 1967 Montrose, and a 1967 Gaja Barbaresco.
Looking to assemble a decent wine lineup for my upcoming 45th and wanted to tap the experience of the forum to identify recent successes. So far the wines lined up are as follows.
Leoville Las Cases
Quinta Noval Nacional
Would like to get to 12 wines for a tasting format. The D’Yquem has been purchased but is saved for the 50th (God willing).
Latour is good. Mouton is ok, also enjoyed one of 2 Haut Brions but not a Margaux. The Bdx. in this year seem to be very variable, depending on storage…
'67 DRC Richebourg and 'GE were both pretty good, the LT was just ok (but not a great bottle). Also had a village wine (can’t remember of the top of my head) that had come direct from the cellars that was fresh and delicious, so good condition bottles of Burg. may be worth investigating if you can find some.
'67 was a good year for Aussie wines also, Penfolds made a special bin (bin 7) that is excellent:
1967 Penfolds Bin 7 Cabernet/Shiraz:
Wow. This was my bottle, and being a birth year wine I have had it more than a few times, but this was easily the best example yet. Classic old Penfolds in all respects. Deep dark colour, deep dark wine, laden with spicy black plummy fruit, and with a beguiling thread of liquorice running right through the wine. This was still in such magnificent shape that looking at it’s aging curve it presented, you could have easily said it was from the ‘90’s…And yet, at the same time it was fully resolved, and was a wine with class and a lovely balanced finish. Good bottles of this will hold on it’s peak for perhaps 20 years or more before it even starts to decline. In the top 3 wines tonight, and again, absolutely world class.
Grange is still very much alive and is ok. I had as Wendouree Shiraz that was spectacular, and a Borgogno (reserve?? can’t remember) was also pretty good.
Sadly the craze for 1967 Pomerols, driven in large part by the huge number of fakes from prior eras that have been proclaimed great wines, had made most of the absurdly expensive- but if you can find a decent deal I would suggest Lafleur-Petrus.
1967 right bankers can be very good - Canon has been excellent. I also agree that Montrose is pretty good and great value. Baroli are also decent. Clearly the top option is Yquem, but you already know that.
I have several friends with '67 as their birth year and tasted thru a number of wines to find something good for their 40th parties. Had great luck with Ch. Palmer and recently had a leftover bottle that was still quite nice.
I didn’t think the prices for 1967 were that high that it would have been worthwhile faking. Anyway can attest to a recent 1967 Trotanoy from an impeccable source, and it was excellent (93 points). Petrus five years ago was in a good place too.
At that age, it is always going to be hit or miss. It was a very good year for Barolo. If you can find good bottles, the G. Mascarello (the first wine made by Mauro and incredibly youthful), Bartolo Mascarello (actually Cantina Mascarello back then). Giacosa made a Riserva Asili Barbaresco that is great and a Rionda Riserva Barolo. 1967 is the first year that Produttori del Barbaresco made single-vineyard riservas and they can be very good. Provenance will be key for all of these. Chambers Street and Rare Wine Co are probably your two best bets.