Tyson Stelzer wrote:I have a proposal for the wine question of the decade: Would Latour mature as well under screwcap as it does under cork?
The rise of the screwcap in recent years has brought with it an avalanche of questions. The manner in which wine bottles are sealed has been queried, with implications reaching the way in which wines are made and the way that they mature in bottle. The debate has challenged the most fundamental principles of winemaking and maturation, revealing that our understanding of the scientific processes by which wine ages has not been as well founded as we might have once believed.
In response, wine scientists the world over have initiated scientific studies to investigate the process of maturation during bottle aging. These trials are necessarily long term, so most of the results are still some years from release.
Major screwcap trials have been conducted by first-growth Bordeaux houses for years--but under strict secrecy, with no results revealed as yet.
* Even after more than 30 years of rigorous scientific testing, many winemakers and consumers are still unconvinced that red wines can age under screwcap.
* According to trials in Australia and France, wines under screwcap remain sound indefinitely, and even those deemed not age-worthy can improve in the bottle.
* Lack of oxygen in screwcapped bottles prevents oxidation, not aging.
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