There is a certain romantic allure surrounding drinking a really old wine. However most people don’t really know why the aged wine they are enjoying is any better than it was in the first year. What is the oldest wine you have tasted; did you like it or understand the differences of its age? It’s a question I’m often asked my new customers starting down the path of wine collection. Learning the answer to this question is half the fun of cellaring wines.
First, you need to stock your cellar with age worthy wines. You might be surprised to know that only 1% of the wines produced in the world are built to last the test of time. Most of the cellar worthy wines will actually have poorer ratings on release and only gain perfection with age.
Some people believe you can set a price around what wines can be cellared. I have heard that wines under $30 are meant to drink now. So if you buy any wines above, they are good to cellar. This just isn’t true. The only way to know if a wine can be cellared is by tasting it and understanding its character and structure.