Storing wine: rough guidelines on Drink By dates
Drink By dates for wine
In the first part of my Storing Wine blog I covered how and where wine should be stored. Part 2 of the blog gave an insight into which wines are likely to improve with age and clues to the characteristics you can look for to determine if a wine will keep.
It is impossible to be precise in calculating how long a particular wine will keep as there are so many contributing factors but we have set out in the table below a general guide - note that it is VERY general as there are many exceptions and each wine is different. Bear in mind that the timescales refer to time since bottling which is not necessarily the same as the vintage year. Some wine is aged for longer than others before being released e.g. non-vintage champagne c. 3 years, Rioja Reserva 3 years, Rioja Gran Reserva 5 years etc so this adds further confusion to the calculation.
If you would like a pdf copy of this table, please send me an email.
You can only know when a wine has reached its peak if you have an extensive supply and can keep checking its progress over the years - but this can be an expensive experiment. The solution? Reputable wine merchants like Wines With Attitude will give the best indication of a wine's longevity (we give drinking windows in all our tasting notes). If in doubt, ask.
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