The French vineyard: get the best from your bottle

Decanting wine not only adds elegance when serving but also improves drinkability

Let wine breathe easy for fuller flavour: Jonathan Hesfordon why decanting is vital for getting the best from your bottle

 I get quite a few questions from visitors about the benefits of decanting and the various gadgets available that claim to make wines taste better.

Decanting is done for two reasons. Firstly to avoid stirring up the sediment or pouring it into the glass and secondly to aerate the wine, allowing it to breathe. 

Sediment is generally only found in older bottles of traditionally-made wines. Most New World and big-brand French wines are made using modern techniques that prevent sediment from forming.

The sediment is a combination of tannin and tartrates.

When the wine is first bottled, these substances are dissolved in the wine but over time they precipitate to form solids. So a sediment is generally not a result of ...

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