quote:Originally posted by GregT:
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?
It is my understanding that after 20 years the yield of the vine decreases while flavor increases. I don't know if it is true but I've heard that the reason the average age is 40years is because of the yield, production needs, and that the older vines tend to be utilized in the more prized bottling. Would love for an expert on this to educate further. I could be completely wrong.