Wednesday, March 16, 2022
by @ledomduvin 2022
The definition of "Terroir" is often vague for some people, even totally abstract for others.
Consequently, it is hard to define, and for good reasons, as "Terroir" is not a thing, it is a concept that is quite complex, as it encompasses several both natural and human factors.
When speaking about "Terroir", one must take into consideration all the various parameters that can, directly or indirectly, have an influence and an impact on the vineyards and, thus, the wine made from it.
The first things that come to mind are usually the geography, the topography, the weather, the climate/micro-climate, the exposure to the sun, the elevation, the terrain, the quality and specification of the soil and subsoil, natural drainage, the proximity with a mass of water, etc...
Then, usually, comes the vineyard management: monoculture or polyculture? Organic, sustainable, biodynamic? Manual or mechanical? Or a bit of both? Horse? Sheep? Chickens? Minimum use of chemicals (pesticides and /or herbicides) or natural remedies? Local or external grape varieties? clones? hybrids? American rootstock or "franc de pied"? Etc... Or, all the above?
Then follow the cellar management: full or minimal intervention? new or partly or old oak? aging in a barrel or not? short or long maceration? old or new techniques? barrels? amphora? egg shape ceramic? concrete? etc...
And finally, (some may not think that it is related to Terroir, but I do), cultures and traditions and other specific practices of a region, an appellation, an area, as well as regulations, trends, and their evolution.
As you can see and understand, "Terroir" is definitely much more complex and complicated than you can imagine. And, each one has its own definition of it. Not easy.
I have created about 15 slides altogether to be used for a Wine Class on Bordeaux. I've tried to make them educational, informative, and easy to understand at first glance.
Hope you'll like them, and, maybe even learn something from them, you never know.
Cheers! Santé! Drink responsibly and take good care of yourself. 😁👍🍷
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