When we talk about wine, what are we talking about? The seasons and the climate, the harvest dates, the yields, the vinification choices, the terroir, the length of time the wine needs to be kept before opening the bottle, the colour of the winemaker’s socks. There is one stage that is never mentioned: bottling. And yet, this phase is crucial. This is why.
We mention the hail, the frost, the stones we suck, the number of vines in the rows, the treatments applied or not to the vines, the type of vinification, the nature of the yeast, the extent of the maturation, the heating of the barrels (coopers are the kings of communication), the design of the cellar, the winemaker’s philosophy and so on. The bottling is barely touched upon, the date at best. And a possible warning to the final customer if the wine has been recently bottled.