Learn the phrases of a wine connoisseur
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This means all the aromatic characteristics of a wine acquired by ageing, which are expressed over time.
A notion that evokes the terroir, the grape varieties used or even the wine-making process.
Very vivid in colour and full of flavour.
Rich in tannins with good acidity.
Refreshing acidity, without being aggressive.
Robust and spicy.
A wine that has reached fullness in the course of time: very expressive bouquet and generous tannins.
Does not have much body, but is balanced nonetheless.
A wine that is mainly slightly acidic; this term is often used for young, dry white wines.
LONG ON THE PALATE
A wine whose flavours leave a pleasant and persistent impression after tasting.
A semi-Sweet white Bordeaux wine (less sweetness than a Sweet white wine). This term is also used for a wine whose mellowness (sweetness) dominates the tannins and acidity.
An expressive wine, in which aromas are expressed generously.
The character of a wine that is ample, robust and generous, with a rich bouquet.
Unctuous, with a very light touch of acidity.
Powerful and solid, with good tannins.
No hardness on the palate. Supple, lightly tannic, with low acidity; well-balanced.
A pleasantly smooth wine, in which mellowness outweighs astringency.
UNCTUOUS (OR MELLOW)
A wine in which mellowness (sweetness) overshadows tannins and acidity.
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