from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to add sugar to grape juice during the fermentation of wine, usually to increase the alcohol content.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In wine-making, to adjust, improve, or correct the proportions of free acid and sugar in the must. See cha?talization.


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  • "To be really honest, we benefit from global warming because we don't have to chaptalize our wines any more," said Jacky Martinon, a winemaker in Burgundy, referring to a process of injecting sugar into wine.



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