To decant or not to decant, that’s the question
What is decanting?
Let’s start with a simple question: What is decanting actually?
Decanting is simply pouring wine from one container into another. It is that easy.
Should I decant my wines?
This question appears to create some stress from time to time among wine lovers.
To take this stress away I would like to quote my mentor, and famous wine writer, the late Steven Spurrier.
Steven always told me: “People wo always decant make fewer mistakes than people who never decant.”
So, when in doubt, I would recommend decanting your wines.
Why decant at all?
Decanting a wine serves two different purposes:
1. To separate the wine from sediments.
Most great Bordeaux wines are made to age. During the ageing in bottle the tannins will start to fade away and there will be sediments in the bottle.
2. Bringing the wine in contact with oxygen (aerating the wine).
Usually for younger wines.