Main Entry:  Charmat
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a less expensive technique for making sparkling wine, with the second fermentation in tanks rather than bottles
Example:  The result of Charmat is coarser, larger bubbles and simpler flavors -- but bulk process sparkling wines can be sold much more cheaply than methode champanoise wines.
Etymology:  1935; fr. Fr. E. Charmat, chemist's 21st Century Lexicon
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