aging wine, bulk? or bottle?

aging wine, bulk? or bottle?

Post by Larry Wheatl » Sat, 18 Jun 1994 04:15:00



Hi all,
        I am new to this conference and to wine making and the
literature I have read to date says that wine ages better in bulk and
then it also says it ages faster in bottles.

So my problem is should I bottle all of my wine or should I wait and
leave it in the demijon?  It is a premium chablis that I just racked
after two weeks and is still very cloudy?
Any comments? please...

Larry Weatley

 
 
 

aging wine, bulk? or bottle?

Post by Gerry Arseneau » Sat, 18 Jun 1994 20:42:53



Quote:

> Hi all,
>         I am new to this conference and to wine making and the
> literature I have read to date says that wine ages better in bulk and
> then it also says it ages faster in bottles.

     They may have been speaking of bulk aging in barrels, which is a whole
different thing from bulk aging in glass. My understanding is that in bulk,
in glass, wine doesn't really age very much - probably because in relation
to the volume not much of the wine gets the long, slow but minute exposure
to oxygen that seems to be the critical factor. In barrels it happens
through the wood, and in bottles usually through the cork - as I understand
it.

Quote:

> So my problem is should I bottle all of my wine or should I wait and
> leave it in the demijon?  It is a premium chablis that I just racked
> after two weeks and is still very cloudy?
> Any comments? please...

> Larry Weatley

     Anything that's "very cloudy" isn't anywhere near ready for the
bottle, if you ask me. "After two weeks" of what? Fermentation? You're
asking for blown bottles and corks if you even think about bottling yet. It
sounds like your wine isn't at the "aging" stage yet - it's still in the
process of becoming wine.
--
Gerry Arseneault                                
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
**Things are more like they are now than they have ever been before.**

 
 
 

aging wine, bulk? or bottle?

Post by Keith » Sat, 18 Jun 1994 21:34:37


Quote:

>Hi all,
>        I am new to this conference and to wine making and the
>literature I have read to date says that wine ages better in bulk and
>then it also says it ages faster in bottles.
>So my problem is should I bottle all of my wine or should I wait and
>leave it in the demijon?  It is a premium chablis that I just racked
>after two weeks and is still very cloudy?
>Any comments? please...
>Larry Weatley

I would leave the wine in the demi-john for at least six months with one
more racking in between to help clear it.  Then leave it in the bottle for
a minimum of one month, but more like 2 months.

Keith B.