The Semantics of CLASSICAL: A Wine Appreciation.

A look at the distinction between ‘classical’ and ‘classic’ (and choice of the former as the name of our company) offers insight into a wine philosophy informed by cultural relevance and viticultural authenticity.

“Classic and classical are not interchangeable, and are not synonymous.” (

Definitions to which we subscribe

Classical: “Influenced by ancient Greek or Roman forms or principles. Synonyms: well-proportioned, harmonious, balanced, symmetrical, elegant—’a classical style.'”

Classic: “Archetypal,” i.e. exemplary of any particular fashion or commodity over time.

Classical harmony and balance in wine result from the natural expression of climates and soils producing grapes with the requisite parameters of acidity, ripeness and extract.

In France, higher latitudes (together with maritime and continental climates) serve to assure long growing seasons, placing the premium for balance on fruit ripeness.

In Spain ripeness can come too easily, and one must look to extreme inland altitudes and varied exposures along with maritime microclimates to delay maturation and retain adequate natural acidity.

The conclusion: France and Spain are viticultural mirror images with similar potential to produce noble, balanced and elegant wines.



Author: shm

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