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Glossary

NEBUCHADNEZZAR
Giant bottle equivalent to 20 normal 750 ml bottles.
NÉGOCIANT-ÉLEVEUR
A négociant, or wine merchant, that plays a larger role than just buying and reselling wine. In the major winegrowing regions, a négociant-éleveur will purchase wines in the early stages of production and will carry out the blending, maturation and aging processes up until the wine is bottled.
NÉGOCIANT-MANIPULANT
A term used in Champagne that refers to négociants who buy grapes to make their own champagnes.
NÉGRETTE
Red variety that yields rich, fruity, deeply colored wine that is low in acid and offers aromas of raspberry and violet.
NEUTRAL
Said of a wine that lacks personality.
NIELLUCIO
Red variety planted in Corsica that produces high quality red wines that can be aged (particularly Patrimonio). Intense fruity aromas and distinguished tannins are its primary characteristics.
NOBLE ROT
Name given to the fungus Botrytis cinerea in the regions where it facilitates the production of sweet white wines.
NOUVEAU
French term for a wine from the latest harvest. Generally, these wines are released on the market soon after harvest, such as the nouveau Vins de Pays (Vin de Pays Primeur) or the nouveau wine of Touraine (known as Touraine Primeur).

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