What wines should be laid down?
The grape varieties that can age best are (reds) Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and (whites) Chardonnay, Riesling and Sémillon. For regions, it is safest to stick to Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, Chablis, Sauternes and the top Piedmont, Mosel, Californian and Australian wines.
Can white wine be laid down?
Yes!!! Red wines are said to age well, apparently due to their tannins which provide the required structure. … Being that white wines have none, it’s assumed they should be drunk young.
How long can you lay down white wine?
Most white wines should be consumed within two to three years of bottling. Exceptions to this rule are full-bodied wines like chardonnay (three-five years) or roussane (optimal between three to seven years). However, fine white wines from Burgundy (French Chardonnays) are best enjoyed at 10-15 years of age.
Why do wine bottles need to lay down?
It’s a reference to laying bottles down on their sides in a wine cellar, which is widely agreed upon as the best way to store wine for long-term aging (orienting the bottles on their sides helps prevent the cork from prematurely drying out by keeping it in contact with the wine).
Why is wine stored lying down?
It is important for wine to be laid on its side when at rest for two reasons. The main one is to keep the cork moist thereby preventing oxidation. The other is when the label is facing up you are able to distinguish if sediment is being formed in the bottle before decanting.
Do white wines get better with age?
Most white wines do not benefit from long aging periods, though some Chardonnays and other full-bodied or more tannic white wines can do well with 5 or more years in the cellar.
How long can you lay down a pinot noir?
There is no blanket period by which any type of wine can be laid down. one Pinot Noir from a specific winery in a specific vintage, and a specific vineyard might age very well, peaking at around ten years.
How long is unopened Pinot Grigio?
Wine shelf life by type
Most white wine has a shorter window: sauvignon blanc, riesling, and pinot grigio should be drunk within three years, while chardonnay and certain old-world whites last up to five years. Few high-end wines like barolo, barbaresco, or Chablis may last 10 years or longer unopened.