What’s The Difference Between Aroma and Bouquet?

Last week, at a charity wine tast­ing, I overheard a conversation of two enthusiasts. Though rather interesting in scope it lead me to believe that the two characteristics “aroma” and “bou­quet” are often used interchangeably when further investigation shows a distinct difference between the two. The following is a reprint of the 9/89 newsletter with… read more »

Bouquet vs Aroma

“Paul: You keep using “bouquet” and “aroma” at different times in your wine descriptions, and some­times you use both terms for the same wine. I must assume there is a difference. What is the differ­ence?” – H.S. San Jose; CA You assumed right! There is a difference. Both terms pertain to the smell or the… read more »


This type of wine has an aroma and flavor similar to vegetable garden. This is a negative term in wine characteristics because the grapes have not been fully matured and ripen.  


This wine has an aroma and flavor of the oak that is aging.    


This wine has a flavor and aroma of an oak wood due to the fermentation in the oak wood. This means that the wine was long overdue in a barrel. The oak flavor is only good for a limited amount. If it is excessive, it takes away the fruity flavor from the grapes.    … read more »


Roussane has a flavor and aroma of honey and pear. It has an essence of flowers and herbal tea in the wine.


This type of wine does not have a strong aroma and bouquet possibly because of its early formation. It is described as a wine that has not yet reached its full potential.  


This is a negative term indicating that the wine has an excessive acidity that has an aroma and flavor similar to a vinegar.  


Oaked wines are formed by aging in an oak barrel. The wine is then exposed to more oxygen which adds the flavors and aromas of vanilla, toast, creamy nutmeg, sweet spices, and smoked flavor.  


The nose is the aroma of the wine. There are many different smells of a wine from fruity, floral, earthy, and more.