quote:Originally posted by GregT:
Moreover, although I kind of agree with cdr - I understand the pressures but it's still kind of sad, how necessary are old vines for quality wine anyway? There is a lot of research in this area and aren't the average ages of vines in Bordeaux something like 40 years? They replant fairly regularly don't they? If so, does that mean they're making poor wine?
Old vines can/will give you a level of complexity that it is very difficult to achieve with young vines. Having said that, there are more and more examples of young vines producing fantastic fruit.
Torbreck is a very good example. The Descendants is just one wine they produce from young vines.
How do they (and others) do it? The answer is viticulture. Bloody good viticulture.