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Standard wine racks hold standard sized wine bottles (750 ml), and they make no considerations for large format wine bottles that are now so popular with wine lovers. Cellar designers have to make their own remedies. Modern wine cellars include wine racks that accommodate larger …
Large format wine bottles offer notable benefits over standard 750mL bottles, making large format wine storage important. The standard size, equal to about six glasses of wine, is by far and away the most commonly distributed wine. Perhaps surprisingly, the standard wine bottle is only one of at least 17 available sizes—3 being smaller than standard and the rest larger. Many wine collectors recognize that large format bottles of wine offer coveted benefits. Sizeable bottles, however, don’t fit on standard wine racks. With a custom wine cellar, you can choose wine racking that accommodates bottles of all sizes. The decision to make special wine storage considerations is duck soup for those who invest in large format bottles of wine for any of the following reasons and more.
1-The Wine Tastes Better
For various reasons, wine in large format bottles usually tastes better than wine stored in smaller counterparts. There is less oxygen relative to the volume of wine, for example. As a result, the wine oxidizes more slowly, resulting in a longer aging period and improved maturation. Overall wine stability and aroma are among the characteristics of the wine that are improved when properly stored in a large format bottle. The wine should be maintained in ideal cellar conditions, which can largely be achieved with a wine cellar cooling unit from a top manufacturer, such as WhisperKOOL, Koolspace, or Wine Guardian. Large format bottles are also more resistant to irregularities in temperature that may be caused by moving the wine to a different wine cellar or by power outages.
Large bottles of wine provide delightful “wow moments” at large gatherings, including anniversaries and weddings. Everyone gets to share in the experience of drinking from the same bottle containing wine that has aged gracefully and has better maturation than wine in smaller bottles. Bringing out a large format bottle of wine is an upgrade to any event.
3-Rare = Valuable
Small production historically increases wine value. There are usually very few large-format bottles of any vintage that wineries produce. Whether a Magnum bottle with double the standard volume or the massive Melchizedek, equal to 40 standard bottles of wine, large format bottles are rare. They are usually reserved for special occasions, such as a winery’s anniversary; charity auctions; special collectors; winery displays; or private collections, whether for proprietors or their family and friends. Although large format bottles of quality wine tend to be very expensive, they are also sometimes offered at prices friendlier to those less wealthy.
The wine in a large format bottle isn’t the only part of the bargain. The wine bottle itself can be considered a real treasure. It’s not unusual to see large bottles of wine on display in fine restaurants and as dinner table centerpieces. There are many craft and décor ideas for large format wine bottles on Pinterest, in which the bottles are used as gorgeous lamps, vases, candle holders, and much more.
Don’t Forget Large Format Wine Storage
Some consider the size of large format wine bottles a downside, due to potential storage challenges. Rosehill Wine Cellars specializes in wine cellar construction and can help with all wine racking needs, from custom wine racking to adaptable wine kits. Rosehill also offers wine cellar cooling units from all of the top manufacturers, such as Koolspace, Wine Guardian, and WhisperKOOL.
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The best wines are those that have aged over a long period of time. But not just any bottle of wine is made to go through the beneficial process of long-term storage in a wine cellar. In fact, estimates are that 99% of the wine bottled today is made for almost immediate consumption. The other 1% is what sets true wine lovers apart. Collecting wine for aging is about more than just the romance of terroir, swishing to identify tasting notes, and delighting in the pairing of food with the best vintages. The rare bottles of wine that are meant to age slowly have the benefit of complex chemical reactions that enhance taste and aroma. The flavor of beautifully aged wine makes a custom wine cellar more than worth the space it occupies and the cost of a wine cellar cooling unit from a top manufacturer, such as Wine Guardian, WhisperKOOL, or Cellar Pro.
Tannin has a lot to do with the improved taste of aged wine. Seeds, plants, wood, leaves, fruit skins, and bark all contain tannin, which is a naturally occurring polyphenol. In wine, tannin adds complexity, bitterness, and astringency. Red wine contains grape tannins, and white wines usually contain tannin from the process of aging in wooden barrels.
Wines that age well are those higher in tannin content. Fine wines achieve the right balance between grape tannin and wood tannin, and the result is that the taste of the wine is smoothed out as the tannins break down in a chemical reaction, over time.
The level of acidity in wine also determines whether or not it will age well in a wine cellar. A wine that has lower acidity should be consumed while the wine is young. High acidity wines age well. Over time, the acidity flattens out, contributing to improved flavor and complexity.
Alcohol and Residual Sugar
Winemakers must strike a balance with all of the components in wine, including alcohol level. In non-fortified wine, alcohol can more quickly turn the wine into vinegar. Fortified wine is made by adding a small amount of brandy or strong alcohol to wine. Examples of fortified wine are Madeira, sherry, vermouth, and port; they are among the wines that can age the longest.
Sweet wines also tend to age very well, including Riesling, Sauternes, and Moscato.
Wines Best for Long-Term Storage
The potential length to age wine depends upon the producer. The following estimates represent potential averages:
Fine White Wine can age for up to 10 years. Examples are: Chardonnay, such as White Burgundy and French Chablis; Sauvignon Blanc, such as White Bordeaux; and Riesling, including Auslese and German Spatlese.
Fine Red Wine can age for up to 20 years. Examples are: Merlot, such as Pomerol and St. Emilion; Pinot Noir, including Grand Cru Burgundies of France; and Cabernet Sauvignon, including Bordeaux in the Medoc Region of France.
Fine Champagne can age up to 60 years, such as Prestige Cuvee Champagne, including Dom Perignon, France.
Dessert Wine, aka Fortified Wine, can age for up to 100 years. Examples are Madeira, Hungarian Tokaji, and Semillon.
Wine Cellar Conditions
To store your collection of fine wine, it’s best to have a quality wine cellar cooling unit from a trusted manufacturer, such as Wine Guardian, WhisperKOOL, or Cellar Pro. If you are considering construction of a custom wine cellar for your fine wines, contact the experts at Rosehill Wine Cellars. We specialize in wine cellar construction, and we also offer wine cooling units and much more for the wine lovers among us.