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Have fun with your verbal fantasies! Despite all the ambiguity in wine descriptors, the words aroma and bouquet do possess widely recognized, distinct meanings (though on the street we use them almost interchangeably). Aroma points to the characteristic smell of the various grape varieties, which can be quite distinct. Just as you would probably not confuse a pippin apple with a golden delicious, when you are familiar with sauvignon blanc, it will not remind you of chardonnay. Bouquet, in the academy of wine, refers to fragrances that come from sources other than the grapes, such as the vanillalike fragrance of French oak.
After that, you have primitive champagne, with 90 to 100 pounds per square inch of carbon dioxide (CO2) in each bottle. And you also have a yeasty sediment in each bottle—a bit of a mess that must be cleaned up eventually. But for now—and perhaps for as long as 3 to 7 years— it’s a benign mess. Yeast plays two virtuous roles in making sparkling wine: First, it produces the bubbles; second, as the dead yeast cells decompose over time, they release flavor products that give sparkling wines made by the méthode champenoise their special fragrances and flavors.