Definition - What does Backward mean?
Backward is a tasting term that is often used to describe the characteristics of a young and undeveloped wine. Backward wines tend to be high in alcohol content and tannic, and despite the aging, refuse to display the intended flavors and aromas. This in most cases indicates that the wine will take more time to mature.
WineFrog explains Backward
Backward wines are those that taste young even when compared to others from the same class or type. Young wines usually exhibit this characteristic, as they take longer to reach maturity and often require additional time in the bottle or barrel they were aged in. These types of wines are backward because their structure is unbalanced or hidden in terms of tasting.
Backward wines are mostly considered unsophisticated and unapproachable, but can taste excellent when aged well, a fine example of this is Chateau Ausone.