These red wines are likely to have a deposit and should be decanted:
Bordeaux Cru Classe and top cru bourgeois wines more than five years old.
Burgundy Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines more than ten years old.
Rhone Hermitage and other Northern Rhone reds and Chateauneuf-du-Pape more than five years old.
Other French Top Provence, Madiran, selected vins de fays.
Italy Barolo, top vim da tavola such as Sassicaia. Chianti seldom has a deposit.
Spain Vega Sicilia, top Penedes wines over seven years old. Few Riojas will have a deposit.
Portugal Vintage port, crusted port. Late-bottled vintage and tawny need not be decanted.
New World Wines Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz wines over five years old from California, Australia and Chile.
These younger red wines will usually benefit from the aeration of decanting:
Bordeaux Crus Classes under five years old, wus bourgeois and yetits chateaux under three years old.
Burgundy All Beaujolais, Cote d'Or village wines and Premiers Crus drunk under three years old.
Rhone Red wines under four years old.
Other French Most vins de pays, Provence and Midi wines, Loire reds.
Rest Of The World All quality red wines drunk at under three years old, everyday red wines even when young.