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Glossary

HARD
Said of a wine with excess astringency and acidity that overpowers its smoothness and alcohol. Such a wine can soften over time as the tannins become less robust.
HARMONIOUS
Said of a wine that has a particularly good blend of characteristics, beyond just being well balanced.
HARSH
Said of a highly astringent wine with an overwhelmingly strong tannic structure. On the astringency scale, “harsh” is stronger than “rough” and less strong than “inky”.
HEADY
Said of a wine that is very high in alcohol.
HEAVY
Said of a wine that is overly thick and generally high in alcohol.
HECTARE
10,000 sq. meters, or a land parcel that measures 100 meters by 100 meters.
HECTOLITER
100 liters.
HOLLOW
Said of a wine that lacks substance.
HYBRIDS
Term for varieties that are obtained from two different species of grapevine. These are illegal under French law.

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