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French Wine – Le vin

About wine - French vocabulary

FrenchFrench wine – What are the French wine terms? Listen to Anne’s audio.

  • about wine .... m/f .... vinicole
  • acid .... m/f .... acide
  • aged .... m/f .... affiné/e, vieilli/e
  • aroma .... m .... bouquet
  • barrel .... m .... fût
  • bitter .... m/f .... amer/amère
  • blend, vintage .... f .... cuvée[1]
  • bottle .... f .... bouteille
  • bubble .... f .... bulle
  • bubbling .... f .... effervescence
  • carafe, wine container .... f .... carafe
  • CDO, Controlled Designation of Origin – Food certification .... f .... AOC, Appellation d’Origine contrôlée
  • cellar, wine store .... f .... cave
  • cocktail drink .... m .... apéro=apéritif
  • connoisseur .... m .... connaisseur*
  • cordial .... m .... vin doux
  • cork .... m .... bouchon
  • corky .... m/f .... bouchonné/e
  • decanter, carafe .... f .... carafe
  • deep .... m/f .... soutenu/e

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about wine

m/f

vinicole

acid

m/f

acide

aged

m/f

affiné/e, vieilli

aroma

m

bouquet

barrel

m

fût

bitter

m/f

amer/amère

blend, vintage

f

cuvée[1]

bottle

f

bouteille

bubble

f

bulle

bubbling

f

effervescence

carafe, wine recipient

f

carafe

cellar, wine store

f

cave

cocktail drink

m

apéro=apéritif

cordial

m

vin doux

cork

m

bouchon

corky

m/f

bouchonné/e

decanter, carafe

f

carafe

deep

m/f

soutenu/e

drink

f

boisson

dry

m/f

sec, sèche

brut

enologist, wine expert

m/f

œnologue

fresh

mf

frais/fraîche

glass

m

verre

grape

m

raisin

grape harvest, picking

f/p

vendange/s

leg

f

jambe

long finish

ø

qui reste en bouche

nose

m

nez

oak

m

chêne

oaky

m/f

boisé/e

pour in a carafe

ø

carafage

red

m/f

rouge

room temperature

f

température ambiante

shade, color

f

robe

smooth

m/f

moelleux, moelleuse

soil, climate and region

m

terroir

sommelier, wine butler

m

sommelier

strong wine

m

vin corsé

sweet

m

doux

table wine, house wine

m

vin de table

tannin

m

tanin

taste

m

goût

to decant

ø

décanter

to ferment

ø

fermenter

to have a drink

ø

boire un coup

to macerate, let to ferment

ø

macérer

to sip

m

siroter [fam]

to sleep alcohol off

ø

cuver son vin [fam]

varietal

m

cépage

vine

f

vigne

vine stock

m

cep

vineyard

f

vignoble

vintage

f

cuvée

vintage year, wine in general

m

cru

walled vineyard

m

clos[2]

white

m/f

blanc

wine

m

vin

wine dealer

m/f

caviste

wine growing

f

viticulture

wine production

f

vinification

wine store

f

cave

wine tasting

f

dégustation

wine you may keep

f

vin de garde


[1] cuver son vin to sleep it off [fam]

[2] often used in the name of a wine such as ‘le Clos Montmartre’

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