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- v. Present participle of chaptalize.
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Considering it's usually a struggle in Bordeaux to reach 13% without chaptalizing adding sugar to the must to increase alcohol, this is extraordinary.
At the lower level some mass-market producers have cynically made their wines sweeter by chaptalizing, a legal method in France of adding sugar to the juice in years that the grapes did not achieve full ripeness.