Today sees the first of a two-day auction of wines from the Elysee Palace cellars. The oldest wine in the sale is dated 1936 (from Bordeaux). Top wines can be kept for a long time but only in optimum conditions. The bottles should be laid sideways to keep the corks in contact with the wine. It should be dark and still (no vibrations) and the temperature should be even. The French usually state that the temperature should be around 12 Centigrade but in my experience the evenness of temperature is more crucial than the temperature at which it is held. Ideally the humidity should be around 75% but this is less important than the temperature. hence avoid keeping wines where the diurnal range is large. Kitchens are notoriously bad for wine storage as the temperature rises and falls enormously over a 24 hour period. So don't spend good money on excellent wine only to keep it poorly.
Posted on 30/05/2013 at 12:57PM