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Wine Terminology

Glossary terms


Bottle of 15 litres capacity, equivalent to 20 normal (75cl) bottles

used mainly for Champagne.

Negociant (Fr.)






NM (Negociant-manipulant)

Champagne label term, indicating that the wine was produced and sold by the same company.

The number following the letters identifies the producer.

Noble rot

Anglo-saxon term for pourriture noble, or botrytis,

which is responsible for the greatest sweet white wines.


Wine with no specified vintage

on the label.


Tasting term used to indicate the aroma

and bouquet of a wine.

Nouveau (Fr.)

New. Wine sold very soon after the vintage, typically in November.

Beaujolais Nouveau is the best known example, but there are many others.




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