The Mystery of Ageing

What makes a wine get better over the years?

Defining the ageing potential of a wine is not an exact science. Rather, most experts agree that it is a deductive process, based on past tasting experiences. Theories about a relationship between the specific components of a wine – acidity, tannins, alcohol level, residual sugar – and its capacity to age well are not entirely convincing. Some afecionados believe that old vines, a long ripening season or the use of specific winemaking techniques are key factors in a wine’s aptitude for ageing. Undoubtedly, though, potential longevity depends on terroirs and particular vintages. These two elements are so complex as to keep the real secret still unrevealed. Together with you, Zonin1821 will explore why some wines just seem to have a talent for ageing.

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