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terroir

Line breaks: ter|roir
Pronunciation: /tɛrˈwɑː
 
, tɛrwar/

Definition of terroir in English:

noun

1The complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.
Example sentences
  • Literal-minded fundamentalists love to call terroir the soil and climate of a specific vineyard, but in truth it's about husbandry, about sensitivity to place and its careful management so that the best of things can be delivered of it.
  • It is grown in every wine region, bending as much to the wills of the viticulturists and wine-makers as to the influence of climate and terroir.
  • The differences in flavors and aromas come from fermentation times and methods, additives, terroir, climate, handling and quality of pick.
1.1 (also goût de terroir /ˌɡuː də, ɡu də/) The characteristic taste and flavour imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced.
Example sentences
  • Sometimes terroir and varietal character win over technique.
  • Try rounding up a few friends for a blind test, and see if you, too, can taste the terroir.
  • If taken to its extreme, these statistics explode the notion of terroir, as the characteristics of the wine depend not on the unique conditions in which it is grown but on a ubiquitous mixture of artificial additives.

Origin

French, 'land', from medieval Latin terratorium.

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