Wine Labels Explained
What Information is on a Wine Label?
There are many different details that can be displayed on a fine wine label. Depending on your location and regional laws, the subset of information may differ. Following are some common characteristics that can be found on the wine label:
- Alcoholic content
- Vineyard (where the grapes were picked)
- Bottling Estate
- Type of Wine
- Government Warning
- Sulfite content
As you can see, there is a vast amount of information that can be extracted from the label of the fine wine. While certain details are relatively straightforward (for example the vintage or the alcoholic content) others may require a deeper knowledge of the wine market. The appellation, for example, is not just a regional designation; to a well-informed wine connoisseur it will reveal the grape selection, maturing methods and much about the production process used to create the wine. Therefore, if a thorough understanding of a fine wine is required, deciphering the label is crucial.
The Bordeaux Wine Label
So what information is required on a Bordeaux wine bottle label? Here we have an example of a label from the prestigious Chateau Margaux, first growth wine.
Connoisseurs use the label to derive information concerning the quality of the wine, and for investors this data can be very useful in determining the investment potential. There are naturally a whole host of other factors which deem a fine wine suitable for investment. Nevertheless, starting with the label is a great step towards understanding the finer nuances of the wine and its quality.
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