1The sediment of wine in the barrel.
More example sentences
- The wine is aged on the lees in the bottle for about three years prior to disgorgement.
- These have long been used by the Champagne industry to seal bottles while they are aging on the lees.
- The title came about when the two owners tasted an experimental Chardonnay that had been left on the lees in barrels for some time.
late Middle English: plural of obsolete lee in the same sense, from Old French lie, from medieval Latin liae (plural), of Gaulish origin.