During the last Bidtalk, we explained how to buy the best wine at auction.
You have then either decided to buy a bottles' sample similar to the whole french regions, to create a balanced cellar between Bordeaux, Bourgognes, Côtes du Rhone, and Vallée de la Loire. Or, on the contrary, you have chosen very different grape varieties like wines from Alsace, Languedoc, or the Mediterranean basin.
Now that you own these bottles, we are going to give you the best advice to store your wine. First, keep in mind that it is very important to make sure you have a storage room to keep the ageing bottles. A cellar would be the best.
What is the correct cellar temperature ?
A good cellar must be kept at the perfect temperature, which is according to specialists, between 12 and 15°C. An higher temperature could lead to your wine ageing too fast and preventing it from reaching its apogee. On the contrary, a lower preservation temperature could slow it down.
It is also important to avoid too sudden temperature changes that would affect the ageing of the wine so be careful to keep your cellar at a stable temperature.
Ventilation, humidity and darkness, why is it important ?
It is essential for the air to flow through the cellar so that the smell does not get stuck in the storage room.
Humidity is also an important factor in the good preservation of your bottles. It is required to have a constant hygrometry rate of 70 to 75% in your cellar. Indeed, a too dry cellar drains the corks allowing the air to go into the bottle, thus, deteriorating the wine's flavours.
Finally, darkness is primordial for perfect storage conditions. Indeed, light would bring too much heat into the cellar, which speeds up the ageing of a bottle. Then, it is preferable to light your cellar with a low intensity bulb.
What do you have to buy for an optimum preservation ?
Invest in a cellar book. It will allow you to list the entire vineyard you have bought and to know the best period to taste it.
You should also buy bottle racks - preferably in metal - in order to lay down your bottles. Do not keep them in their original wooden boxes to let the bottles breathe easily.
If you don't have a cellar at home, you can also get a wine cabinet. Ventilated and refrigerated, they are made by professionals with perfect storage conditions to help the bottles to age. For a perfect preservation of wines, it has to be provided with an active carbon filter to guarantee the inside air to be renewed properly.
This summer, you will also be able to buy your first connected cellar by Caveasy : a storage and management system of your wines. You just have to take a picture of your bottles via the application and to put them on the shelves. Then, you can easily find your bottle thanks to a warning light, choose the best bottle for your meal and keep an eye on the preservation conditions thanks to a temperature and humidity sensor.
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