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chaptalisation

to chaptalize (GB)
effettuare lo zuccheraggio (I)
chaptaliser, chaptalisation (F)

Formerly often used term for the addition of sugar to the grape for the purpose of increasing the alcohol content, However, this does not mean sweetening the wine (as it is sometimes misunderstood), but only adding sugar as the basis for the subsequent alcoholic fermentation, The process is after the French chemist Jean-Antoine Claude Chaptal (1756-1832), who advocated the procedure as Minister of Agriculture in France. Chaptalizing is, strictly speaking, usually the addition of sucrose or beet sugar (see under chaptalisation ). In many sources, however, this is independent of the means used as a synonym for the enrich (EU name standard) used.

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