The age or the vintage and a correspondingly high price have a direct connection in the case of top wines. As a rule, qualitatively outstanding old wines are very expensive. The idea that wines generally improve with age is an often quoted but nevertheless false myth, and one that is reserved for top products under certain conditions. Such wines sometimes have an extremely long shelf life. In the course of bottle ageing, optimal drinking maturity is reached at a certain point in time, but even this does not last forever. This means that even with long-lived wines, the peak is passed at some point. The fact is that very old vintages are often sold at auctions at astronomical prices. As a rule, the oldest crescents are found among high-alcohol, fortified dessert wines such as Madeira, Port, Sherry and Co. The following list includes very old wines that were still drinkable.