What makes a wine “vintage?” Simply put, vintage in the world of wine, refers to the year the grapes were picked and the wine was produced. However, there’s a lot more to it, and it’s important for you to understand the different kinds of vintage wines available, and how their exotic flavors came to be. The word vintage originates from the word “vendange”, which is Latin for wine.
Most wine producers mention the year of the harvest on the label. Being able to fully understand the difference between vintage wines can help you select ones that resonate most with you. If you’re a wine collector, the vintage element of it holds paramount importance.
Below we will list some vintage wines to look forward to!
1. Chateau Lafite Rothschild
Chateau Lafite Rothschild is a vintage wine dating back to 1787. It was auctioned at Christie’s of London in the year 1985, and is considered to be the priciest bottle of wine at $156,450. Michael Broadbent, the head of Christie’s wine department when the auction took place, confirmed with the house’s glass experts that the bottle and the design originated far back to the 18th century. Also, the wine’s legitimacy can be backed up by history as Jefferson served as America’s Minister to France between the years 1785 – 1789. Jefferson was a wine expert and allegedly brought back with him to the United States around $120,000 worth of wine.
2. Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon
From its inception in 1992, Screaming Eagle has only focused on small-scale production. It’s undeniably true that what they don't possess in quantity they surely do in quality. People have long admired the Cabernet Sauvignon – and it is priced highly at $3,500 to $4,500 per bottle on average, with the wine regularly selling out upon its release, making it quiet evident that they consider this wine to be of honorable regard.
Madeira became famous 300 years ago and has still not lost its authenticity. It is available in an array of dry to sweet flavors. Madeira’s distinctive taste comes from continually heating it, creating a wine rich with flavors of roasted nuts, fruits, caramel, or toffee. The 20 year old aged Madeira nowadays is a blend that integrates wines from different years, and the same pattern applies to 30 year old and 40 year old Madeira.
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