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Wine's aromas develop over time

By Barry Smith   June 2018
When it comes to wine, some age well, and some don't

When it comes to wine, some age well, and some don't

Why are the aromas of well-aged wines so appealing? Normally, we favour fresh smells: newly baked bread, fresh linen. Yet when it comes to fine wine we like the mature smell of graceful degradation. What are the older wine aromas that we pick up on and why are they so prized?

As wines age their aromas develop greater complexity, readily discernible on the nose. These merit a separate…

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