Royal Wedding This magnum of 1961 Dom Perignon was disgorged in 1981 for the marriage of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. (Christie’s Images Ltd)
It’s a drip, drip process. It starts somewhere between buying a bottle or two for dinner and having a couple more bottles of a favourite vintage on hand for unexpected guests. Before you know it you’re stashing cases to be savoured over a few years and suddenly, wine enthusiasts become avid collectors.
Their passion is so strong they will reach across time zones, interrupt business meetings and call from airports while rushing to catch a connecting flight just to discuss their collections.
“I remember it was in 1980, I tasted a bottle of ’71 Musigny by Roumier. It was a great Burgundy and the shop where I bought it had slashed the price from $45 to $15 a bottle,” recalled Joseph Rescigno, the principal conductor of the Florentine Opera Company in Wisconsin. After he first tasted it, he ran back to the store. “I bought 11 bottles. It was as much as I could afford. And to this day, my favorite wine is a red Burgundy.”