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If you have ever compared the taste of a young wine to the taste of a vintage from 15 or 20 years ago, you know, without a doubt, that wine changes over time. It is, in fact, a living thing, with molecular changes taking place on a slow and steady basis. That is why cellaring wine is so important. It is only when the proper conditions are maintained that the wine can change at the ideal rate.
Science is the reason why wine tastes better as it ages. As it sits, a complex chemical reaction (hydrolysis) takes place between the acids, sugars, and phenolic compounds found in wine. Not only is cellaring wine crucial to control the speed at which hydrolysis occurs, but it is also relevant because of tannins. These natural preservatives found in the peel and seeds of grapes have a bitter taste when they are young. However, over time, these tannins dissipate, allowing the true essence of the grapes to shine through. Proper cellaring and time is the only way for wine to reach its mature, complex flavor profile and palate texture.
Clearly, you do not want to buy a wine cellar with the chance that the wine did not age at the correct rate. The only way to ensure that the hydrolysis takes place at the perfect rate is to painstakingly control the temperature, humidity, light, and vibration in which the wine is stored. Here is a closer look at what you risk if you purchase wines that were not properly cellared:
At Cellraiders, we are passionate about drinking good wine, which is why we will not drink anything that was not properly cellared. As such, our cellar is meticulously maintained at the proper temperature, humidity, light, and vibration levels to ensure that every bottle of wine we sell ages with perfection. Contact us now to learn more about our cellaring process or to buy a wine cellar for yourself.