\ ˈlēz How to pronounce lees (audio) \

Definition of lees

: the sediment of a liquor (such as wine) during fermentation and aging : dregs

Examples of lees in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bubbles and the dosage (sugar added at the end, after the ageing on the lees in the bottle) were needed to make the wine enjoyable. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Under its new Uncharted Terroir label, Hunt Country Vineyards in upstate New York has made a nice wine from Cayuga, rich and round with some creaminess from barrel fermentation and lees stirring. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 May 2021 The wine ferments in used French oak barrels and is aged for eight months in the barrels with some batonnage (stirring of the lees). Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Made of 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc, this Riserva from Russiz Superiore is aged more than 4 years before being released—3 of them on the lees. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 17 May 2021 This wine spent 72 months (an astonishing number) resting on the lees…the longer aging makes this naturally acidic grape even more complex and texturally rich. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 5 May 2021 The blend is pinot noir and chardonnay, and the result is a lively sparkler with fine bubbles and a little yeasty, toasty lees character from the bottle aging. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 This wine, after vinification in steel, spends a year on lees. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 The Billecart-Salmon Brut Nature ($60) is a blend of 10 vintages, aged on its lees for 48 months. Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of lees

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lees

Middle English lie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin lia

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16 Jun 2021

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“Lees.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lees. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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