Wine Word of the Week: Charmat



By Kori ~ November 16th, 2010.

Note: This “Wine Word of the Week” series, which previously ran on Saturdays, will now be running on Tuesdays starting today.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is Charmat.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Charmat is the name of a bulk sparkling winemaking process which involves provoking a second fermentation in a pressure tank. Also called cuve close or tank method.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Charmat is a method of sparkling wine production in which the second alcoholic fermentation takes place in a pressurized tank rather than in the bottle. This method is often used for producing German Sekt and Italian sparkling wines such as Asti and Prosecco.


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