Wine Word of the Week: Vieilles vignes



By Kori ~ October 23rd, 2010.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is vieilles vignes.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Vieilles vignes is French for ‘old vines’. The term is used widely on wine labels in the hope that potential buyers are aware that wine quality is often associated with senior vine age. There are few effective controls on the use of the term, however, and little agreement about exactly how many years it is before a vine can be deemed old.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Vieilles vignes, French for “old vines,” is a term often seen on wine labels. It is a commonly held belief that old vines produce better wines. However, use of the terms vieilles vignes or old vines is unregulated.


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    I agree that it is an overused term.

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