WDYM = What do you mean?
We are starting a new WDYM series where we tackle fancy wine terms so we sound better when we talk about wines. You're welcome!
In today's WDYM, we breakdown the term 'Supple'.
Whether you are describing the actual wines or their tannins, 'supple' in general is a good thing.
Supple tannins = Velvety, smooth tannins
Commonly used to describe the tannic structure of red wines, supple tannins describe tannins that are well integrated, soft, and ripe (as opposed to harsh tannins). Often, supple tannins produce harmonious, balanced, and easy-to-drink wines, like Merlot and St. Emilion.
Supple wines = bold and juicy
Bold wines with smooth, rounded palates can also be used to describe supple wines. The wines also tend to be fruit-forward/juicy and retain their flair when paired with heavy meals like pastas, steaks, or roasted chicken. These wines do not require additional fat in their dishes such as cream based sauces or fatty cuts of meat since they are already balanced and hold their own weight.
Boost your wines' suppleness
Decanting can also enhance a wine's suppleness- about 30 minutes to an hour of exposure to oxygen is enough to reduce the sharp, rough tannins in your wine, resulting in a smoother mouthfeel.