We are all used to seeing 'Veilles Vignes' on a bottle label denoting the wine is made from the juice of old vines. This should be an indicator of a higher quality wine due to the extra concentration that the older vines produce. At harvest there are less grapes but fruit that is especially flavoursome. However, many vines are having to be replaced early due to increased diseases. Thus a forty year old field may contain a large percentage of replanted vines. The average age of the vines is in reality considerably younger than the field denotes. So the designation 'Old Vines' may be a misnomer. This is an increasing problem in many areas and it does apply here in Sancerre.
Posted on 28/05/2013 at 04:55PM