Typicity

A quality that a wine possesses if it is typical of its region and reflects the characteristics of the grape variety from which it came. Whether or not a wine demonstrates typicity is pretty subjective. It also has nothing to do with how good the wine tastes. A wine can be quite delicious and nonetheless show no typicity. A rich, full-bodied, buttery, oaky Sancerre, for example, would not have typicity, since Sancerres are typically lean, minerally, zesty, and have tangy flavors. In certain OLD WORLD countries, an evaluation of typicity, even though it’s subjective, is required by law in order for a wine to obtain APPELLATION status.

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