Laube’s new blog challenges the notion that old vines make better quality wines than those made from new vines. Of course he said the whole thing is a myth based his experience, which he tends to do in most new vs. old debates. It did get me thinking though. To this point, I have mostly accepted that old vines make better quality and more “complex” wines. This is probably due to smart marketing that I bought into, but also some comparative tastings in Bordeaux and Italy. In most cases though, it was comparing a 1st wine or grand vin to a 2nd wine so it probably wasn’t a fair comparison. In my limited experience, the wines made from younger vines showed a bit more up front and simple fruit flavors with less structure, but again this could have been due to a lot of other factors besides the age of the vines.
Anyone have more experience on this topic?