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Reply to "Where Have All The Century-Old Vines Gone? (The Hidden Story)"

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Originally posted by vin:
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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.


It all depends on the vineyard site & viticultural practices - detailed farming!
A vineyard in a poor location &/or poorly farmed no matter how old will not give you great grapes. Now, all things being as equal as possible the older vines do tend to add a bit more complexity.
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