Old Arse French Vines

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For those of you who've never had the chance to see one of these up close, here's what it looks like. I found this particular old vine at Chateau Haut Bailly while traveling in Bordeaux. Chateau Haut Bailly uses wine from their oldest vines (pictured below) to benchmark all of the other wine they produce. It's kinda like their litmus test for each vintage.

Depending on the Chateau, a block of vines can either be the same age or mixed. It's fun to look several rows of vines and see if you can spot the younger ones versus the older ones. Younger vines tend to have much thinner trunks while older vines are more gnarly, veiny, and enlarged. The oldest ones that are still capable of producing enough wine are treasured and in my opinion, beautiful.


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Jamie Irving said...

Those vines look pretty gnarly, but I'm sure they produce some great grapes.

You seem to be having a great trip!

The Wine Whore said...

Fortunately they still produce enough yield to actually make wine. Very cool stuff!

It was truly an amazing trip! I can't wait to do this again... maybe next time I'll explore the Loire Valley... or maybe even Australia or Italy.

Some many great places for wine, so little time!


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