Elegance in Wine

The equilibrium on display in an elegant wine is what makes it enjoyable young, but also what gives it cellar potential

Elegance in Wine
Senior editor Alison Napjus (David Yellen)
From the Jun 30, 2021, issue

Elegant is a word that gets thrown around a lot in the world of wine. We use it to describe the character of a wine itself, a winemaker or winery’s style, even groups or categories of wine as a whole.

But what does it really mean when we talk about a wine’s elegance? Senior editor Alison Napjus started thinking about the significance of elegance in wine when a recent Q&A session featuring a panel of Italian winemakers had virtual audience members posing two queries: Is the term “elegant” overused in wine? And, do the “elegant” wines of the world have the capacity to age?

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