Age. It can be a sensitive subject. When it comes to wine, does it really matter? Young, old; what’s the difference?
What I’m about to say in this blog entry may seem slightly vague, to explain what the age of every style of wine means would take forever and trust me, you’d be very bored. I will, however, give you some general tips on what to look out for.
The year on the bottle determines the year the grapes were picked. Take Champagne for example; if there’s a year on the bottle 2000, 2002 etc then it’s a ‘Vintage Champagne’ which means that the quality is very high, it’s probably not cheap either but I bet it’ll be deliciously rich and elegant. Not to mention highly impressive, take a bottle to your in-laws and you’ll look amazing! If there’s no year on the bottle it’s non-vintage, the grapes can come from a variety of years which makes it cheaper in general. They’re still great though. Look at Veuve Clicquot NV, it’s non-vintage style is one of the most consumed and recognised in the world.
Still wine will always have a year on the bottle but it’s more tricky to determine the quality. This is because each region in the world will have had completely different When buying a bottle of red from Bordeaux or Rioja try to buy something with a bit of bottle age as the flavours will be more developed and complex. In this wonderful age of having technology at our finger tips, use it to your advantage and get on Google to search the wine and year.
If you’re a fan of crisp, fresh and citrussy whites then the younger the better, ie 2014. If you’re like me and love a rich white wine like chardonnay then you can go a little older. Again, this does vary on where the wine is from etc but as a basic rule it works.
Still confused? I’m not surprised. Just ask!