The aim of a well-constructed cellar, regardless of size, is to have a suitable bottle for any occasion at your fingertips (family meal, impromptu drinks, relaxing, etc.).
Here are some of Rodrigo’s recommendations to help you put together a good cellar.
Please bear in mind your cellar’s location (or the storage space).
Assess the area available to you. This will allow you to decide how many bottles of each type of wine to stock.
The temperature must be cool, between 8 and 17 degrees Centigrade (perfect temperature is 12 degrees). Changes in temperature are acceptable, but must be gradual, like the seasons. Too low a temperature will prevent the wine from aging correctly. If it is too high, on the other hand, the wine may age prematurely.
A wine cellar must be between 50 and 80% humidity (perfect humidity 70%). If the humidity is too low it causes the wines to evaporate and the corks to dry out.
It is essential that the wines are kept away from light, otherwise they will age prematurely and develop “off” odours, such as cabbage, hay, gas, etc.
Air quality is a key factor. Wines can become impregnated with odours in the atmosphere, especially if they are volatile, such as plastic, petrol, or even mould, for example.
Prioritise diversity over quantity when starting your cellar. There’s no point in having 24 bottles of a vintage you don’t like.
The length of time you can keep a wine depends on the type. They are not all designed to keep for a long time.
Wines to drink young (2-3 years)
Tradition Morges, Nyon Tradition, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay Expression, pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer Expression, Gamay Vieilles Vignes, Du Baril Salvagnin, Gamaret Garanoir, Pinot Noir de Morges.
Wines to keep for 0-10 years
Chardonnay Ravet, Pinot Blanc Ravet, pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer Ravet, Morges Vieilles Vignes, Curzilles Féchy, Gamaret Réserve, merlot Réserve, Distinguo, Cabernet Garanoir.