For the love of wine!
A visit from family or good friends, perhaps a quiet night in – you’ve got the perfect excuse to open a really good bottle of wine! For a lovingly cultivated, perfectly aged wine to develop its taste in all its fullness, it must be treated with great care. Such fine wines need to be stored under the most favourable conditions and at just the right temperature, and then they will be a true joy to drink.
Creating the best possible storage conditions
A high-quality wine must have tranquil storage and controlled conditions as, only under such circumstances can complex aromas and flavour nuances develop in the bottle. Vibrations, odours and UV light all interfere with this development process. For example, UV light can trigger biochemical processes in the wine, which cause its taste and colour to deteriorate. Vibrations caused by footfall can also damage this sensitive product – if the wine molecules are disturbed in this way, the natural ageing process will be affected.
Let it rest and mature
A hint of apple, floral notes of lilac, or a spicy bouquet reminiscent of cinnamon – wine connoisseurs use figurative descriptions to characterise the flavours and aromas found in the bouquet of a good wine. The grape variety, soil conditions and time of harvest all have a significant bearing on the wine’s flavour, as does the extent and nature of the ageing processes. Delicate microbiological processes are responsible for the development of the flavour, many of which continue even after the filling stage. Wine connoisseurs refer to this as bottle ageing, and it is this process that often gives an outstanding taste to many fine wines.
During bottle ageing, wine should be stored in a place where it is protected against ambient influences.
During the bottle ageing stage several substances in the wine, notably acids, tannins and colorants, interact with one another, which breaks down any intensive woody notes and enables fruity flavours to further develop. Depending on the type of wine, its full flavour can take several years to develop. During this time, ambient influences such as airborne odours can distort the flavour of the wine, especially if it is stored on an open shelf in the kitchen. It is also important to realise that not every cellar makes an ideal wine cellar.
Enjoy every sip
The moment of truth has arrived: your fine wine has been uncorked. Correctly stored, it will have developed its full flavour and, to be enjoyed at its best now, it will have been brought to just the right serving temperature before opening.