Definition - What does Clive Coates mean?
Clive Coates is a wine writer and Master of Wine from Britain. He is best known for his books he has written about Burgundian wines. In 1975 he founded "The Vine" magazine that ran until 2005.
He is also known for his works called Côte d'Or: A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy, a survey of the wines, vineyards and winemaking techniques of the Côte d'Or.
WineFrog explains Clive Coates
In addition to publishing an award-winning magazine starting in the mid-seventies and other publications, Clive Coates is known for his theory of The Coates Law of Maturity. It states that a wine will stay at a peak drinking age for the same amount of time it took the wine to achieve its peak drinking age. This peak age means that it cannot improve with further aging.
So, if a wine took five years to reach its peak level of drinking enjoyment, it will remain at this peak for five years.