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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What's so special about a "cuvée"?
—Steve, Cumberland, R.I.
The French word “cuvée” translates to “vat” or “tank,” and suggests a special selection or blend of wine.
When it comes to Champagne and other sparkling wines, the word typically refers to the first-pressed (and best) juice. Outside of that, it’s just used to evoke images of higher quality, but the term is not regulated. I’ve seen it generically refer to a blend of more than one grape variety. But there is nothing necessarily special about a "cuvée."
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