LifeTips has a great section dedicated to the storage of wine. Pretty much every topic is touched upon from building your own wine rack to wine cellar cooling tips. Some quick and important storing tips to keep in mind: keep bottles on their sides, store where there is little temperature fluctuation, high humidity is important for long term storage, and pay attention to the age worthiness of your wine before they go past their prime. Keep in mind wine cellars are not just meant to only be pleasing to the eye, but they must be just as functional as they are attractive. The need for a vapor barrier is commonly ignored when your designer doesn’t have the necessary knowledge of wine.
A recent Sotheby’s Fine & Rare Wines auction at New Bond Street, London ended yesterday. A particular sale that caught my eye was Lot 12, Chateau Petrus 1982. Hammer price was at about 23,036 US dollars. An ultimate collectors wine, Petrus comes from a small 28.4 acre vineyard named in honor of St. Peter. It is the only site where topsoil and subsoil are composed almost entirely of heavy clay rich in iron. Ironically clay is typically unsuitable for high-quality wines, as it tends to get water logged. Fermented in cement vats, the wine is aged in completely new oak barrels for 22 to 28 months, and right before bottling it is clarified with five fresh egg whites per barrel (they don’t filter). Sotheby’s notes of developed color with great character in the nose of prunes and spices. Licorice with sweet gummy definition and some sweet aniseed. Pruney finish with mocha as it lingers on the palate. At 10 bottles in the lot, average cost per bottle is $2,304.