Cathal McBride: The waiting game – wines that mellow well and age gracefully

Most wines are best consumed within one to three years of release, but a select few can benefit from longer maturation to reach their full potential

Laying down: If a wine isn’t drinking well now, it won’t improve dramatically after extra years in the bottle

Open That Bottle Night is celebrated every year on the last Saturday of February. It’s an initiative started in 1999 by former Wall Street Journal wine columnists John Brecher and Dorothy J Gaiter, encouraging people to consume a vintage they’ve been keeping for a special occasion. So, is there ever a perfect time for opening a bottle of wine?

The answer, perhaps infuriatingly, is yes and no. Over 90 per cent of wine is made ...