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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What is "sous bois"?
—Michael, Irvine, Calif.
"Sous bois" is a French term that refers to a forest-floor or undergrowth note. Sous bois suggests something more than just a pile of dried leaves; there's a vegetative, mushroomy quality as well. I've most commonly seen it used by French wine lovers to describe Burgundy.
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