An example of such a case ?
In cool and rainy years (1992 Bordeaux vintage), the wine is lean and has a low potential for preservation, its maturing aptitude low and its evolution quick.
Conversely, in hot, dry years (2003 Bordeaux vintage), the wines are rich, powerful and concentrated and the bell curve will be amplified and prolonged. The main principle is to savor the bottles at their best moments, although it is pleasant to allow oneself to be surprised by a wines by waiting for time to work it's magic !
Some miscellaneous advice ?
- Always store bottles horizontally (except for spirits which could slowly dissolve their own cap!)
- Do not shift or turn champagne bottles, this will counteract the conservation process!
- Check the fill levels of bottles sorted for over 20 years, if the wine has evaporated, the bottle must be topped up (this should be seen with the producer).
- Odorous substances should not be stored in a wine cellar (paint, food...)