When to drink a wine is part of fine wine appreciation and is highly dependent on personal preference. A preference for wines that are fruity with vivid acidity and tannin would lead to a shorter ageing process. The converse would be to age a wine longer for a softer more complex wine. Regular assessment ensures a wine is not overdeveloped.
Ideal cellaring conditions for fine wine includes:
- A constant temperature between 14°C - 16°C / 55°F - 60°F
- A relative humidity between 70-75%
- Dry, dark, odour-free conditions with good ventilation