Unfortunately the bouquet is often disappointing, particularly in a dry wine. Wine is a living thing, and will change from week to week, gradually reaching its peak, and then slowly beginning to deteriorate. A very young wine, when first opened, will probably still have a yeasty bouquet, which can hardly be called inviting, but if the wine can be left in jars until that yeasty bouquet has disappeared, a better bouquet can often be built up. Even so, such wines as those made from vegetables and grains need some additions and a few rose petals, camomile flowers, lime or elderflowers added to the must after the first heavy fermentation can be a great help.
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