variants or less commonly cuvee
: bulk wine
especially : wine in casks or vats so blended as to ensure uniformity and marketability
: a blend of still wines used in the production of champagne

Examples of cuvée in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The newest member of the C&C family is the aforementioned Double Cask Reserve, which consists of whiskey aged for at least five years in both bourbon barrels and cuvee casks which are shaved, toasted, and re-charred (also known as STR). Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 30 Aug. 2023 Champagne might feel like a pre-dinner libation, but the crisp taste of a brut cuvee deserves a spot at the table too. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 4 Aug. 2022 The wine tends to be the most quintessentially Napa of any Bond cuvee: Its 2019 edition tastes monumental and imposing, with powerful blackberry and black currant flavors, a hint of graphite and an intriguing earthiness. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 This is all well and good, but sometimes the best ultra-aged releases are the most basic ones—just a few decades spent inside bourbon barrels, no cuvee or cognac or French wine finish. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 14 Jan. 2022 The Coravin Sparkling aims to do the same for your tete de cuvee vintage champagne in regular bottles or magnums. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 This other cuvee, Amore Blendo, is a great alternative to the Love red that’s a little bit lighter — and, yes, a little bit funkier. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2021 Most of those wineries would blend Criscione grapes with fruit from other Napa Valley sites to make a multi-vineyard cuvee. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Sep. 2021 Coiled's sparkling Riesling, a cuvee called Rizza (there's a snake theme here), was equally delicious, with flavors of apricot and yuzu and a bracing, generous texture. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021

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Word History


French, from cuve

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cuvée was in 1833

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“Cuvée.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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