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Snooth User: boccio

Piece of advice for decanting

Posted by boccio, Jun 24, 2010.

Hi all,

I'm about to try tonight one Pinot Noir I just got - Château de Villars Fontaine '92 (côte de Nuits), so I'd like to know whether to decant it (and for how long) or not. Any ideas?



Reply by TravGregory, Jun 24, 2010.

It all depends on your taste.  If you like a softer wine let it sit for a little while.  I would suggest trying it first and seeing if you like the taste or not.  I would definitely decant it because of its age but how long that depends on you

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 24, 2010.

Check and see if the bottle has thrown sediment - carefuly using a flashlight, be careful not to stir up the sediment if it has.


If there is sediment it will be worth decanting this to get the clear wine off the sediment. The wine will most likely benefit from air, but I would be conservative  about the time so decanting it off into a clean bottle or narrow decanter would be my suggestion.

Reply by BasilR, Jun 24, 2010.

I have a follow up question on decanting: Last night I broke out a decanter I haven't used in awhile, and noticed it had a bit of a funky smell.

Any tips on cleaning?

Reply by GregT, Jun 25, 2010.

Same thing happens with glasses that sit in a cupboard or a box.  Rinse it out.  Some people say that they can taste a chlorine taste forever if they use tap water.  I think those people are such profoundly sensitive souls that they should live in bubbles.  Really if you just rinse it and let it sit for a couple minutes you'll be OK.  I do it all the time with glasses.  One or two rinses and you're good to go.

As far as decanting that pinot noir - I think Greg is right.  If necessary, you can decant to remove sediment.  But if you leave the bottle upright before serving and pour carefully, you don't even need to do that.  If you don't know the wine and it's got some age on it like that one does, I'd be really conservative about decanting it too.  Airing in the glass, if necessary, maw well be all you need.


Reply by boccio, Jun 25, 2010.

Thanks all. I decanted it in narrow decanter for about an hour. There was no sediment, btw. Tried a glass immediately after opening - decanting did round it up and smoothed it a bit. Aromas we're somewhat poorer after decanting on the nose, but it was definitely worth it. Did a review as well: 

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