So here’s my beef:
Don’t get me wrong - this is a lovely wine for the money.
BUT how old do you think the ‘vieilles vignes’ are?
Okay, it’s an established age, but come on. I want vieilles vignes to be older than me at the very least.
I know that vine age is far from the be-all and end-all, but for a country which is very fond of regulating its wine production, why is there no legal definition of this term? Is it just because the INAO would find it too difficult to enforce? I think I read somewhere that Australia’s trying to classify its oldest vines to give a bit of labelling clarity. It would certainly make for a slightly more informed purchase.