By Kori ~ October 23rd, 2010.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is vieilles vignes.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Vieilles vignes is French for â€˜old vinesâ€™. 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.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Vieilles vignes, French for â€œold vines,â€ 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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