Sommelier tip’s : What Temperature should you serve your wine ?

Your wine need to be served at the right temperature to get the full benefit of your wine.

A temperature too cold will increase the sensation of acidity, making the tannins hard and unpleasant (for red wines) and block the aromas.
A temperature too high will increase the sensation of alcohol,  making the wines warm, unpleasant for tasting.

  • The temperature of the fridge  (5°C) is not good for serving white wine
  • The room temperature  (20°C – 22°C)  is not good for serving red wine
  • It is always better to serve a wine too cold than too hot because it is easier to bring it up the temperature.
  • Whatever the type of wine (Champagne, white white, red wine or sweet…), Un Grand Vin (Champagne millesimé or prestive, Grand Cru ) will be served always a little bit warmer than normal. 
Type of Wine Temperature
Champagne, Sparkling Wine 9-11°C
Dry White with freshness (Loire, Alsace, Chablis…)  9-11°C
Full Bodied White Wine (Burgundy, Rhone, South West) 11-14°C
Rose Wine 9-11°C
Medium Bodied  (light tanins and low in alcool : Loire, Alsace, Burgundy…) 14-16°C
Full Bodied wine (Bordeaux, Sud-Ouest, Rhône…) 17-18°C
Sweet Wine (Beaumes de Venise,  Sauternes) 9-11°C

 

 

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