from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A name given to certain sparkling wines from the small town and district of the same name in the department of Marne in France. The name is also given, inappropriately, to many other sparkling wines.
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The first on the Chandos label (CHAN0757) won this particular skirmish chiefly because of the soloists Sarah Connolly (her Dido's Lament was requested time and again over the year), Gerald Finley, Lucy Crowe, Patricia Bardon and John Mark Ainsley accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, although I still cannot understand why the chorus chose to sing 'bouzy' to rhyme with lousy when it is quite clearly a 'boozy short leave' (rhyming with floozy) which the sailors are enjoying.
Take a bouzy short leave of your nymphs on the shore,
I think I see how the auld thief wad be gaun through his gizened dominions, crying his wares, in derision, "Wha will buy a fresh, cauler divine, a bouzy bishop, a fasting zealot, or a piping priest?"