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vertical tasting

A special form of tasting, usually wines of different vintages of a single producer or winery (therefore also château verticals) are compared to determine the vintage influence on the quality. The winery can act as a kind of representative for a whole growing area. Ideally, these are wines of the same "type" (grape variety and aging) and from the same vineyard. The "vertical" refers to the timeline (vintages) "top to bottom". It is therefore not a matter of determining the quality differences between producers, but years. Whether this in the form of a blind tasting (Blind vertical), depends on the objective.

The tasting order of the different vintages does not necessarily have to be chronological. It should be noted that the oldest vintages may have peaked or even exceeded, but the youngest may yet have to evolve. The vintage comparison can also be a trend over the development or the maturity derive a wine. In order to be able to judge this more exactly, one would have to watch the same wine or vintage in its further development again taste, In contrast to the vertical tasting will be at a horizontal tasting Wines of the same vintage but compared to different producers and / or growing areas.

Horizontal and vertical can also be combined with each other; for example, first six wines of the same vintage from different producers and then six different vintages from one of these six producers. See also below wine review,

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