The unique qualities of older vintages aren’t apparent, so let an expert’s insight guide you.
Old wines hold a certain mystery. With their dusty labels, shelved away in chilly cellars, their allure is in the rediscovery. Like a message in a bottle (quite literally), the value of the contents has as much to do with its transformation as with the grapes it came from. Sommeliers wax poetic about a certain vintage having a “good year,” recalling that summer’s weather conditions and the perfect harvest.
But what turns out to be a “good year” for older wines can be deceiving. Wines that age well don’t necessarily start out with the most popular attributes.
Once a wine is over 10 years old, different rules apply to tasting, purchasing and drinking. First of all,…