A quality of a delicate, stylish wine with a harmonious balance of smoothness, flavour and aromas.
A term that covers all of the steps in winemaking after malolactic fermentation. During these processes, wine becomes more stable, limpid, and its flavours develop and become more rich and complex. A step of elevage commonly used to create fine Bordeaux wines is ageing in oak barrels.
Describes a wine, like a speech, that lacks substance.
Chemical compounds produced by combining alcohol and acid that are responsible for complex and delicate aromas developed during elevage and ageing.