One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of wine) medium dry.
- ‘All Champagnes are made in a range of styles, from extremely dry to ultra-sweet: extra brut (less than 6g of residual sugar), brut, extra dry, sec, demi-sec, rich or doux.’
- ‘This year was a bit more special, just the three of us and a bottle of demi-sec.’
- ‘They are available in varying degrees of sweetness, but it is the sec and demi-sec that truly inspire on hot, sweaty days.’
- ‘Wines may be sold as demi-sec, moelleux, and, sweetest of all, liquoreux.’
- ‘Your tastebuds are actually at their most sensitive in the morning (which is why most tastings take place then) so unless you really prefer extremely dry wines, choose a demi-sec style.’
French, literally ‘half-dry’.
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