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chaptalization Line breaks: chap¦tal|iza¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌtʃaptəlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
(also chaptalisation)

Definition of chaptalization in English:


[mass noun]
(In winemaking) the correction or improvement of must by the addition of calcium carbonate to neutralize acid, or of sugar to increase alcoholic strength.
Example sentences
  • Not so many years ago the debate focused on chaptalization and acidification.
  • In France, for example, winemakers for centuries have used a process known as chaptalization, which is the addition of fermentable materials - including cane sugar!
  • The purists mock the practice of chapitalization and refer to it as cheating.


(also chaptalise) verb
Example sentences
  • In more challenging years, such as 1997 and 1992, he chaptalized a bigger portion of the harvest.
  • All are chaptalised with glucose, and bottom fermented.
  • Even though the sugars were low, I did not see the need to chaptalize the whites as I felt a low alcohol was appropriate to the vintage and wine style.


Late 19th century: from the name of Jean A. Chaptal (1756–1832), the French chemist who invented the process, + -ization (see -ize).

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