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Even in ancient times there was a language used by wine tasters to describe the quality of wine. In the Greek literature one has found about one hundred terms. Of course, there was no generally valid vocabulary, but a judgement was left to the imagination or the discretion of the individual. It was not until the beginning of the 18th century that a culture of this kind slowly began to develop in the wine scene. The French chemist Jean-Antoine Claude Chaptal (1756-1832) already used more than 60 expressions in his work "Art de faire, de gouverner, et de perfectionner les vins" published in 1807. Professor René Pijassou (1922-2007) of the University of Bordeaux, in his studies on the history of Médoc wines, collected all the expressions used at the time by estate agents and wine-growing estate owners (e.g. expressionless, flat, full-bodied, full-bodied, aftertaste, robust, round, velvety) and already established tasting rules.

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