\ 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 Aged four years on the lees, this bubbly has a creamy mousse-like texture and vibrant rich notes of pear and apple. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 25 June 2022 The lees are kept in suspension through weekly bâtonnages that confer body and roundness to the wine. John Mariani, Forbes, 16 May 2022 This cuvée ages a minimum of 8 years on lees, allowing the development of character and deep complexity. John Mariani, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Similarly, Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 1981 is 100 percent grand cru that was aged for 40 years on lees. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 Dec. 2021 Aged in two-year old French oak barrels and stirred on the lees, this wine includes creamy, layered, bouncy, buoyant aromas of green and yellow apples, gin tonic and gooseberries. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 The 50 percent chardonnay, 50 percent riesling blend, aged 15 months on fine lees, offers an alternate solution to the red-or-white wine debacle. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 The 2020—a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Viognier—offers up spicy notes and mouth-filling, creamy textures from six months in new oak on the lees. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 This sustainably grown wine spent three months on lees, which contributes to its lemon creaminess and roundness in the mouth. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Lees.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lees. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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