Les règles d'or
  • Golden rules for a true wine cellar

    A real wine cabinet must guarantee the same ideal conditions found in the very best traditional underground cellars. Be careful! A device simply adapted from a refrigerator with a few wooden racks and other accessories does not constitute an adequate wine cabinet. To age your wine successfully, to protect it and bring it to the peak of perfection, a true wine cabinet must in all cases be specially designed for the purpose and must respect the five golden rules. 1. Constant temperature The temperature of a wine cabinet dedicated to ageing wines must be constant, ideally at 12°C, although slight variations can be tolerated within a range from 10 °C to 14 °C. In a colder cellar, the complex maturation process slows down. The ageing process stops if the situation persists. In a warmer cellar, the maturation process accelerates. If the temperature remains too warm too long, the wine eventually collapses without reaching its peak, and without having developed its full potential. But the most important is to maintain a constant and uniform temperature. in fact, repeated and sharp changes in temperature are particularly harmful because they alter the vivacity of the wine. 2. Appropriate humidity level The bouquet of a wine develops through a reduction process in the total absence of oxygen, which means that the cork must be perfectly air tight. To preserve this sealing over time, the bottle must be stored on its side so that the cork remains in contact with the wine. Furthermore, the average humidity level in the cellar must be kept above 50%. If humidity drops below 50% for too long, the cork is likely to dry out and the wine could begin to seep through the cork. A significantly higher humidity level over 80% will not damage the wine, but it can alter labels. A real wine cellar must be conceived to constantly guarantee an average humidity between 50% and 75%, while preventing the formation of stagnant water likely to develop bacteria and unpleasant odours. 3. Pure, odourless air Many corks lose their effectiveness over time. To prevent odours from penetrating the bottle, a true wine cabinet must maintain bottles in a perfectly healthy atmosphere. To achieve this, a cabinet dedicated to ageing wines must be equipped with an activated charcoal filter, ensuring some ventilation while eliminating odours and regulating the humidity level. 4. Protective obscurity Light increases the potential for oxidation-reduction reactions in wine, which abnormally accelerates the ageing process. That is why most wines to be aged are sold in dark glass bottles. Yet this precaution is not enough to filter all harmful UV rays. A true ageing wine cabinet should have a solid door to ensure a total obscurity. If cabinets with glass doors are used, the glass must be treated with an effective anti-UV protection. Interior lights, like the ones in refrigerators, as well as neon lights should be absolutely avoided. 5. No vibrations Even the most unperceivable variations can damage a wine. Furthermore, vibrations disrupt the slow formation of sediment, leaving particles suspended in the wine. Even if young wines are more resilient to these shortcomings, mature wines -- which also tend to be the most valuable -- can be irremediably harmed. A real wine cabinet must not disrupt the tranquillity of the wine. To achieve this, the cabinet must be equipped with an efficient damping system to protect bottles from vibrations. For ageing wine cabinets, it is better to avoid mechanical air circulation systems that are another source of vibrations.

  • Golden rules for serving

    Respect Always serve wine at the right temperature to fully enjoy all its aromas and bouquet. If it is served too warm, the alcohol in the wine will tend to become bitter; serve it too cold and the flavour will be locked in and anaesthetised. Serve Pour the liquid into a broad-bowled, clear glass to examine its clarity, its robe and its fluidity. Avoid Before tasting, avoid eating or drinking anything which may affect your palette (tea, coffee, mint, tobacco.) Prefer Opt for a healthy atmosphere, don't light any perfumed candles, and use perfume only sparingly on yourself.

  • Tips to manage your ageing wine cellar

    Your Climadiff wine cellar is designed to offer you the unique pleasure to age wines, developing their full potential year after year, and to serve these bottles in the optimal conditions. The appropriate management of your wine cellar can enhance the pleasure of collecting wine bottles. 1. Choosing the right location Always serve wine at the right temperature to fully enjoy all its aromas and bouquet. If it is served too warm, the alcohol in the wine will tend to become bitter; serve it too cold and the flavour will be locked in and anaesthetised. 2. Managing the ageing conditions Pour the liquid into a broad-bowled, clear glass to examine its clarity, its robe and its fluidity. 3. Maintaining a wine register Before tasting, avoid eating or drinking anything which may affect your palette (tea, coffee, mint, tobacco.)

  • Proper temperature for each wine

    Generally, wines that are richer in tannins are served at higher temperatures. On the contrary, lighter or fruity wines are generally served at cooler temperatures. After being poured, wine tends to warm up rapidly in the glass because the room temperature is generally higher than the ideal serving temperature. In summer, it is best to serve wine 1 or 2 degrees under the recommended temperature, because it will reach the ideal temperature in just a few seconds. The hand transmits the temperature of the body and then heats the wine. For this reason, it is best to hold a wine glass by the stem.

    Red, white or rosé, sweet, sparkling, fruity or heavy wine with tannins...

    Each wine has its own specific serving temperature at which it develops its full aroma and bouquet. Climadiff conditioning cellars and, possibly, multi-purpose wine cabinets are specifically designed to bring each wine to its optimum serving temperature.

  • The questions to ask you

    To choose the best wine cellar for you, you should ask yourself four key questions: 1. Usage ? Usage? Exclusively to age wine with optimum conditions ?
    > You need an ageing wine cabinet

    To age wine, with some bottles permanently on hand ready to serve ?
    > You need a multi-purpose wine cabinet

    Exclusively to store bottles, ready to serve ?
    > You need a service wine cabinet 2. Size ? If you plan to age wines, remember that your wine cabinet is designed to last, and that your collection is bound to grow over the years. In the future, you will probably own a lot more bottles than you do today. It is thus preferable to choose a model whose capacity would meet your needs in 2, 5 or even 10 years. For information: bottle quantities indicated are based on a standard 75cl Bordeaux bottle, and racks are calculated at a minimum. For a collection consisting of various bottle types, add a margin of around 20%. Extra racks are available in the Accessories section but note that adding a rack can mean losing space for a whole row of bottles. 3. Location ? If your wine cabinet will be located in an unheated garage or basement, choose a model equipped with a winter system. If you plan to install your wine cellar in a kitchen or other visible location, Climadiff offers a wide range of dimensions, styles and finishes - solid or glass door, colours, patterns - which can be elegantly integrated to match your home. Climadiff wine cabinets are a real sign of refinement and "savoir vivre". 4. Budget ? For the same external dimensions, storage capacity can vary from one supplier to another. To compare two models, we recommend you do the following:

    Sale price of cellar incl VAT/Number of bottles capacity = price per bottle

    This way you will see that the price per bottle on a wine cabinet supplied be a specialist can be only half as much as the price calculated on the cellar of another manufacturer.