Glossary H



This bottle size is 37.5 cl, and contains 3 glasses of wine. The format is popular among on-trade wine professionals.


Describes a wine that lacks body, it is often very tannic and/or acidic. This is due either to an excessively long barrel or tank fermentation, or excessive acidity (the result of a premature decision to harvest the grapes).


Describes an astringent wine of low quality.


The act of picking the grapes when they reach full ripeness. The date of the harvest is a critical time for any winemaker. In Bordeaux, the harvest begins when three indicators come together


Character of a wine with a high alcohol content, may even be overpowering.


Describes a thick wine with a high percentage of alcohol.


Describes odors or aromas which recall dried hay, tobacco or fresh grass (a negative connotation because it derives from grapes that have been harvested before they have ripened correctly).


Just like a speech, describes a wine with no substance.


Describes a wine that leaves no after-taste that may suggest any sort of fault. It is also said to be clean or straightforward.


A term to describe a sweet white wine that is unbalanced due excess sugar and a lack of acidity. The heavy sugar expression is reminiscent of honey.

Hydric stress

Refers to a lack of water and the reaction of the vine plant. Hydric stress blocks the vegetative cycle, imparting color changes, defoliation, sugar progression or even a drop in yield during some periods of heatwave.