Those who love collecting wine also like to display their collection with pride in a well designed wine cellar. However, not all wines age gracefully. This is not to say that you should not have young drinking wines in your collection. However, they should be ideally placed in a suitable area of the wine rack where they can be chosen to drink before it’s too late.
You may ask your wine salesperson to refer you to ageing specific wines that will get better with time when stored in wine cellars. Here a few varieties that will usually age well in a wine cellar.
- Cabernet Sauvignon: These are meant for ageing. The softer ones can be stored in wooden wine racks for a couple of years and the Cabs from Napa and Bordeaux can improve over decades.
- Riesling: Of all the white wines, Riesling has the longest shelf life. The finest German Riesling wines are known for tasting delicious after years of ageing in well designed wine cellars.
- Dessert Wines: The Dessert wines, particularly the fortified ones have a good cellaring potential. The ones with a lot of sweetness, such as Sauternes, ice wines, and late harvest Rieslings, age gracefully for many years in your wine cellars.
The very purpose of a quality wine cellar is to improve and maintain the quality of wines but choosing the right variety for your collection does make a difference