When buying wines in the Vintage Wine Room, it’s very easy to get a whole lot of information about the bottles you might be interested before you purchase. When searching for a product, you can immediately see the basics, such as the specific lot number, the site location and state of where the wines are currently stored, the number of bottles included in the lot (this is set by the vendor and cannot be changed), and the price/bottle before commission is added, which automatically calculates at the payment page. But there are several other pieces of information which may assist you in making a decision.
If you hover your mouse over the (?) icon to the very left of the product line, you can see when the product was listed for sale by the vendor, the exact date the wine was entered into our storage and hence how long the wine has been kept in perfect climate controlled conditions.
Under the ‘Conditions’ section, you can also see what our ratings of the wine were when they were entered into our storage. Each bottle is given a rating between 1 and 5, where 5 is the best condition, for three aspects of the bottle’s condition.
The first number out of 5 represents the Ullage of the wine, i.e. how full the bottle is. 5 would mean a full or very near full bottle, whereas a 1 indicates a bottle with a level below the shoulder of the bottle.
The second number indicated the condition of the label. 5 means a perfect or near perfect label, while a 1 indicates serious discolorations, tears or missing parts.
The final number represents the condition of the capsule, be they cork, screw cap or any other method of closure. A 5 means a perfect seal with no obvious bumps or tears in the foil top, no leaks or discolorations, while a 1 indicates a seriously damaged closure.
Please note, this information is captured upon entry into our climate-controlled cellars, and several years may have passed since this information was uploaded. Whilst we do not expect to see any large shifts in these conditions, there may be changes similar to those you would expect in a cellar, such as a slight yellowing of the label and a reduction in the level of liquid in the bottle due to natural, normal evaporation.
The final line states whether the wine is on our Provenance Program. This is a system we have setup to indicate that a bottle has been in our climate-controlled cellars for its entire life since release from the producer. For more information, see our page here.
So with all this information at your disposal, what are you waiting for!