vintage

(redirected from vintages)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

vintage

1. the wine obtained from a harvest of grapes, esp in an outstandingly good year, referred to by the year involved, the district, or the vineyard
2. the harvest from which such a wine is obtained
3. 
a. the harvesting of wine grapes
b. the season of harvesting these grapes or for making wine
4. (of wine) of an outstandingly good year
References in classic literature ?
All that troubled him but little; and he gave a warm reception every evening to the wine of the royal vintage of Chaillot, without a suspicion that several flasks of that same wine (somewhat revised and corrected, it is true, by Doctor Coictier), cordially offered to Edward IV.
When my convivial host discovered that he had told me so much, and that I was prone to doubtfulness, his foolish pride assumed the task the old vintage had commenced, and so he unearthed written evidence in the form of musty manuscript, and dry official records of the British Colonial Office to support many of the salient features of his remarkable narrative.
Was not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abi-ezer?
Manson Mingott's, and with the added satisfaction of knowing they would get hot canvas-back ducks and vintage wines, instead of tepid Veuve Clicquot without a year and warmed-up croquettes from Philadelphia.
Why, my little coz," said he, "I have come across to tell you that I live above the barber's in the Rue de la Tour, and that there is a venison pasty in the oven and two flasks of the right vintage on the table.
It was a most beautiful season; never did the fields bestow a more plentiful harvest or the vines yield a more luxuriant vintage, but my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature.
The Prince sipped his wine - a cabinet hock of rare vintage - and found it good.
New World wine vintages, where grapes grow in fairly consistent conditions from one year to the next, maintain the same standard.
The sale includes an amazing 18 vintages of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, from 1947 to 2000,12 vintages of Chateau Haut-Brion ranging from 1945 to 2000 and nine vintages of Chateau Latour, starting with a 1955 and running up to 1988.
German Reislings such as JJ Prum and Lingenfelder enjoy above-average vintages and will last longer than most chardonnays.
While '98 was certainly not one of California's best vintages, there are some who believe that Laube's comments were off-base and potentially damaging.
LBVs do come from single vintages that have been aged in the barrel for four to six years.