A ‘vin de garde’ is a wine that takes time to reach its peak, which remains there for long, and which declines slowly, knowing that everyone is aging at a pace of its own.
The aging potential of a wine depends mainly on grapes, the nature and age of the vines, the soil and climatic conditions of the vintage, but it is also determined by its development:
- Red wine: the wine is sure to get a good extraction of tannins to give the wine the necessary structural capacity of aging. The breeding new barrels also holds a significant role in its ability to age well.
- White wines: a good acidity level is required. If one is missing, the barrel aging also contributes to prepare a quality child care
The suitable varieties for keeping
The nature of the grapes gives more or less longevity for red wine, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, but also Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Carignan, Tempranillo of spain, nebbolio and Italian Sangiovese. For white wines, gewuztraminer, riesling, Roussanne, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle, for the improvement of wines, especially when the wine is sweet.
The vintage, an indicator
The vintage is an excellent index of keeping potential, knowing that the best soils make always the best wines. But beware, the vintage sometimes differs from one region to another. For example, Bordeaux 2005 are excellent to age, which is less the case for the same Burgundy vintage.
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