It seem that these days the biggest compliment you can pay a wine is to say that it expresses the terroir well, or it is very terroir-transparent.  At least I presume it is a compliment, as you tend not to hear it about wines made from grapes grown in rubbish vineyards.  Using it of course implies that the reviewer is fully au fait with the terroir of the wine in front of him – not only is he capable of recognising its terroir, but also of discerning the degree to which it is expressed.

If only today’s reviewers had been at the Judgement of Paris, there obviously would have been none of that nonsense about confusing the wines from Bordeaux and California.

Author: Steve Slatcher

Wine enthusiast

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