Which Wines Can Age? Let’s ask an English Lady Named Jancis…

Aging wine is a tricky thing. I get asked a lot about which wines can age, so I decided it’s time to set the record straight and refer you to a lady named Jancis Robinson. What does she know? Well, the answer comes in 2 parts: -Firstly she’s English. -And if that isn’t enough for you, she is also one of only a handful of female Masters of Wine in the world. She proposes that…

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According to local legend, the great French white Burgundy, Corton-Charlemagne, owes its existence, not to the emperor Charlemagne, but to his wife. The red wines of Corton stained his white beard so messily that she persuaded him to plant vines that would produce white wines. Charlemagne ordered white grapes to be planted. Thus: Corton-Charlemagne!

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 Edelzwicker [pronounced the same way you read it] wines are from the  North-Eastern French region of Alsace [Ahl-zass]. If we breakdown the name, we can see that Edel=noble and Zwicker=mixture, basically meaning that the wine is a blend of the noble grapes traditionally found in the region i.e. Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling or Pinot Blanc. The wines are normally light, dry and best consumed young with fish and cheese dishes.

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