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15 Nov 11, 17:22:12

How old should a white wine be?

I went to a wine-tasting on a cruise and the Maitre d said that it should not be older than 2 years, Is this correct?

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winefromatumbler - Gold, 15 Nov 11, 17:52:15

Definitely not. It all depends on the wine, but many white wines can last for many many years. They need to be stored correctly (out of light and heat etc) and it depends on the exact wine, but wines many rieslings or chardonnays can last say 30+ years. Many sweet white wines could last longer than the person who bought them.

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paulroget - Silver, 15 Nov 11, 21:01:43

I would be very cautious about a 30+ year old chardonnay!!!!!!!

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winefromatumbler - Gold, 15 Nov 11, 22:26:56

Why? They can be excellent when they're old. I'm not talking about all chardonnays – more the top white Burgundies.

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paulroget - Silver, 16 Nov 11, 08:37:08

at 5 years a wine such as Chablis has gained complexity and at 10 years the same applies to grand cru whites and at 30 years they all have gained a lovely brown colour and the aroma of sherry thanks to being over the hill!!

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winefromatumbler - Gold, 16 Nov 11, 09:32:51

That's not true. There's different flavours that come from aged wine, which not everyone likes, but wine is no suddenly over the hill because it's gone a darker colour.

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paulroget - Silver, 16 Nov 11, 21:22:21

I think we are going to have to disagree on this one-all I know is that if I was looking at a wine list and saw Pouilly Fuisse 1981 there I would avoid it-but each to their own and that's the beauty of wine!

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clivec - Gold, 29 Nov 11, 11:30:10

We recently had a 1982 Chateau d'Yqem Sauternes for a very special occasion and it was absolutely superb - as it should have been (considering the price).

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