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Bitartrates
Chemically these are potassium bitartrate crystals that form when a glass bottle is kept at low temperatures. A bottle containing bitartrates does not affect the organoleptic qualities of the wine at all.
Bottle rack
Cupboards or structures made of iron, wood or other materials, where bottles of wine are stored for ageing.
Bottling facility
Specific place in the winery where the finished wine is bottled, either for commercialisation or for further bottle ageing.
Bouquet
Refers to aromas that arise from the wine’s ageing process, therefore young wines will never have bouquet.
Budding
Stage in the vine’s life cycle when the leaves sprout. Also called foliation.