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More about Half Bottles of Red Wine
Half bottles of red wine are ideal because wines in half bottles age about twice as fast as those in full bottles. So any red wine that would benefit from aging (and that is most of them) reach their peak sooner in half bottles. But that is not to say that they go off quicker. We have had many half bottles of red wine that were over 10 years old and quite a few that were over 20 years old and all were excellent.
We have established separate sections for the most common types of red wine, that is, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz or Syrah, and Pinot Noir. The rest we group under the Other heading. But this is no way implies that they are inferior, just that one comes across them less often. Included in this heading one finds, for example,
Tannat – Tannat-based wines from the Madiran in the South West of France are considered to be at the heart of the ‘French paradox’ - a catchphrase, first used in the late 1980s, which summarizes the apparently paradoxical epidemiological observation that French people have a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD), while having a diet relatively rich in saturated fats.
Malbec – Malbec originated in Cahors also in the South West of France and also has a high procyanidin content, the polyphenol that has been identified as being responsible for the ‘French paradox’. Argentina has, of course, made this grape their own.
Tempranillo – The grape of Rioja where it is used to make both Crianza (lightish and fruity) and Reserva (rich and complex) styles of wine.
Grenache – The grape of the Rhone valley wines most often the base of Cotes du Rhone but also found in Chateauneuf du Pape.
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