chaptalization

[shap-tuh-luh-zey-shuhn]
noun
a method of increasing the alcohol in a wine by adding sugar to the must before or during fermentation.

Origin:
1890–95; chaptalize + -ation

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chaptalize or chaptalise (ˈtʃæptəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to add sugar to (a fermenting wine) to increase the alcohol content
 
[C19: after J. A. Chaptal (1756--1832), French chemist who originated the process]
 
chaptalise or chaptalise
 
vb
 
[C19: after J. A. Chaptal (1756--1832), French chemist who originated the process]
 
chaptali'zation or chaptalise
 
n
 
chaptali'sation or chaptalise
 
n

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Chaptalization is the addition of sugar during fermentation to raise a wine's alcoholic content.
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