No matter what you may say, fine wines are rare wines. And rare wines are difficult to get. That is the case with supermarket wines and wines in your local off license and also some online wine shops. Nevertheless, if some of the factors that support the production of rare wines are taken into consideration, fine wines would not be so rare to get by.
How to get Fine Wines
To start with, one has to be sure about the vineyard where the grapes are grown – the prevailing climate, the humidity factor, the year round temperature and the soil condition – whether it is suitable for the type of grapes that are grown there or not. Many vineyards have died a premature death as these factors were not considered right at the beginning. Then there comes the question of skills. A good winery will soon sing its swan song if it is not in the hands of a skilled grape-grower and winemaker. Fine wines will evolve only when both site and the skills of the people running it balance agreeably.
As fine wines are not available at the click of a mouse but are created by experts who know how to treat them, caring for wine is essential if fine wines are to be produced. The ideal conditions for good winemaking include keeping it stored in underground storage chambers at temperatures varying from 52° F to 58º F with around 80% humidity till fulfillment of its life-expectancy. Mind you, the L/E or life expectancy of all wines is not the same.
And so, discretion must be used while you are keeping the wine stored. Weird though it may sound, but even the fill-level of stored bottles prove significant in the case of fine wines. For vintages that are less than 20 years, the filling should be below the bottom neck; for vintages that are between 20 to 40 years, it is just below the top shoulder and so on. An in depth knowledge of all this naturally helps a lot.
Fine wines are those that have a longer life-expectancy than regular wines. Among all the varieties you will come across, Montrachet and top Bordeaux have the highest L/A, and so are considered very fine wines. Since vintage also is co-related to L/A, however the right vintage has to be measured and labeled to create fine wine.
Fine wines, as said earlier, are rare wines. Though Chateau Le Pin and Chateau Petrus wines are both from Pomerol (Bordeaux) having comparable quality, yet Le Pin sell much more than Petrus because of its rarity. It may be of interest to note that the annual productivity of Le Pin is hardly 600 cases while Petrus produces 4,500 per year.
Fine wines are usually available with celebrated collections while anonymous collections neither dare nor deal in fine wines for sure. You can even find fine wines online!
There was a time when fine wines were made only at a selected few regions of the world. But now the production has spread quite a bit to places as wide as Australia and South Africa. And yes, the traditional places are making fine wines even today.