Wednesday September 23, 2020

Wine: The essence is time

The ageing process is seen as crucial to winemaking, but there are ways of bypassing it entirely, even though the experts in the field are eager to downplay them, writes Tomas Clancy.

11th May, 2014
Chateau Haut-Brion's old vintages cellar in Bordeaux.

‘When should I drink this wine?” That, without any doubt, is the question I am most frequently asked. It is a question that gets to the very core of why so many people over thousands of years have loved and been fascinated by wines.

The Romans, Pliny the Elder tells us, were deeply interested in how long wine could age. Pliny points out that it was a proud boast at a feast that...

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