Designation for an exceptional wine of special quality with the rating attribute grandiose. In a wine evaluation, such products usually achieve the highest number of points, from at least 18 to 20 or 95 to 100 points. What they have in common is that they were not only vinified under special, quality-enhancing conditions such as low yields and careful cellar work, but were also produced under particularly optimal climatic conditions. This means that the vintage played a very important and decisive role.
If "century wine" is anything to go by, then certain wines from the vintages of 1540 (a Würzburger Stein was drunk 421 years later), 1748 (a Schloss Johannisberg was served to Goethe on his 66th birthday and one example was still enjoyable at 237 years of age), the famous 1811, from the "golden Bordeaux era" of 1864, 1865 and 1870, as well as 1945. These ciders are even called "millennium wines". As a rule, they can be kept for many decades, special types of wine such as port wines even for over 100 years, or only develop their potential and reach their optimal drinking maturity after many years of bottle age ing or aging.
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