chap·​tal·​ize | \ ˈshaptəˌlīz \

Definition of chaptalize

: to normalize the composition of a wine before fermentation by adding a neutralizer if the must is too acid or by adding sugar if there is not enough to produce the desired alcohol

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History and Etymology for chaptalize

French chaptaliser, from Jean-Antoine Chaptal †1832 French chemist + French -iser -ize

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“Chaptalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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