Everything You Need to Know About Decanting
What is decanting?
Decanting wine is essentially the process of pouring (decanting) the contents from one container (typically a bottle) into another container (typically a decanter).
Why do we decant?
Decanting is essential for older vintage port wines or aged Bordeaux – wines that throw off a lot of sediment as they age. It separates the wine from the sediment, which not only would not look nice in your glass but would also add an astringent taste to the wine. Slowly and carefully decanting the wine ensures that the sediment stays in the bottle and you get a nice and clear wine in the decanter, and subsequently in your glass 🥂.
When we decant a bottle of wine, two things happen. First, slow and careful decanting allows the separation of wine from its sediment, which, if left mixed in with the wine, will impart a very noticeable bitter, astringent flavor. Second, when you pour wine into a decanter, the resulting agitation causes the wine to mix with oxygen, allowing it to develop and come to life at an accelerated pace (this is especially important for younger wine).