Tasting notes are useful tools to give you a hint of what you should expect before you try a wine. Let’s look at some examples of wine tasting notes and how to read them.
Dry white wine from Meursault, Burgundy
•limpid - literally transparent, like clear water, while retaining its colour
•rich - showing ripeness and viscosity, usually from the legs or "tears" that form on the sides of the glass than from depth of colour
•new wood - the vanilla-vanillin aroma of new oak, whether French or American
•melony -signifies ripe, slightly exotic fruit, usually referring to Chardonnay. More exotic fruits could be pineapple, guava
•expressive - expressive of either its grape variety, terroir or both. Stylish + expressive would be a finely turned out wine with character
•floral - usually on the nose, but on the palate means the blend of florality and flavour
•honeysuckle/hazelnut - typical expressions of a the Chardonnay grown in Meursault, rounded and attractive
•buttery - the impression of ripeness with a certain fleshiness, often the result of barrel fermentation or barrel ageing
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