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Wine Under Water

Is this a fad or is there science behind ageing wine under water?

 


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Larrivet-Haut-Brion

Here's a drastically different take on this whole underwater aging process. Everybody is aging wine in bottle under the sea, but how about wine in BARREL? Crazy right? Well Larrivet-Haut-Brion has aged a 56 liter barrel, yes it is tiny, a quarter the size of a traditional Bordeaux barrel, of their 2009 vintage under the sea in Cap Ferret on the Atlantic coast. Entombed in a cement case, these guys are wacky but their neither crazy nor dumb, the wine reportedly was softer than wine stored in an identical barrel but aged in the Chateau's cellars. Laboratory analysis actually revealed that the sea aged wine had lower alcohol than its cellar aged brother, a strange result indeed! Oh, and the wine had absorbed a hint of salt as well, that must have aded some complexity to the wine!

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  • Snooth User: almondeve
    128786 1

    Gaia out of Santorini is also aging wine under water.

    Jul 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM


  • In August, 2011, Leucadia Red sunk a case of Leucadia Red 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon wine -- BEFORE it became a popular thing to do. Wine was sunk 90 feet under the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Catalina Island and is protected by professional divers. The owner is going to pull up the case soon and then auction off the bottles to benefit a variety of charities -- video here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL3v...

    Jul 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM


  • While this seems ridiculous, a blind tasting of bottles aged on terra firma vs bottles aged (for the same time period) under water, might make sense. By the way, has my pet rock become a collectible?
    Sed

    Jul 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM


  • Snooth User: gerrad
    79282 57

    might settle the wine 'needs/doesnt need oxygen ingress to develop' arguement once and for all (im with the latter- 'doesnt need oxygen ingress' ..along with Prof.Peynaud)

    Jul 11, 2013 at 12:54 AM


  • Snooth User: EMark
    Hand of Snooth
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    Sure seems silly to me--not to mention spendy.

    Jul 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM


  • Snooth User: MetteinCoMo
    1302504 313

    Maybe it has to do with the increased pressure in the bottles under water i.e. the molecules in the wine are forced to interact at an increased rate, which could result in differently developed wine. Also, the temperature changes for an object submerged in water is quicker than in air... maybe that could result in a difference? I'm not an expert on wine aged under water, however, I am a scientist and those would be my logical guesses.

    Jul 11, 2013 at 6:39 PM


  • Snooth User: Martin E
    249368 16

    This goes back to discoveries of old wines from shipwrecks that lay under the sea for 100+ years. Examples: (1) Finnish divers recently discovered several crates of champagne and beer from a sunken ship that had been at the bottom of the Baltic Sea for nearly two centuries. The divers expected to taste seawater that had seeped into the bottle but were shocked to discover the wine still tasted fine. (2) By James Suckling, A collection of wines that lay on the ocean floor for nearly 138 years off the Georgia coast were tasted in 1979 and described as "incredibly good."
    I guess constant cool temperature, high pressure, limited oxidation, and environment that prevents corks from drying out helps in this case. Plus, small amount of sea water may add some complexity.

    Jul 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM


  • Snooth User: JT Greeno
    1078174 186

    QUOTE: " Wine was sunk 90 feet under the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Catalina Island and is protected by professional divers. "

    Does that mean there are professional divers protecting the wine 24x7? (probably not)...

    So the wine isn't protected whenever the divers are not present, so what benefit (if any) is there to paying professional divers to protect the wine some of the time?

    Jul 16, 2013 at 3:07 PM


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