Le Nez du Vin - the reference work for training your sense of smell

Le Nez du Vin by Jean Lenoir
By sfw.pro | November 18, 2014

When tasting a wine, we learn to use three of our senses, the sight to appreciate the dress, the smell and finally the taste. If the sight seems easy to use and the taste obviously requires some experience, the smell uses the olfactory memory and it can be awakened or exercised.

This is what Jean Lenoir proposes with its various experience-books. The larger version contains 54 aromas beautifully presented. The set contains a guide to learn, index cards to play with and learn the fragrances and of course the 54 small vials each containing an aroma.

The set exists in simpler variation but the larger set and its 54 aromas remains the benchmark. In addition there is an independent and complementary set with the twelve main wine faults which is worth having too, as a matter of fact who can pretend to always recognize wine flaws even as typical as the cork or oxidation.

In the end these two sets are a valuable and fun tool for professionals and wine lovers.

I bought my copy 20 years ago and it remained beautiful, the quality of the aromas set this publisher apart from cheaper version. To be enjoyed alone or with friends and family.



Masterkit 54 aromas. Carmine clothbound book box, size 294 x 382 x 55 mm, weight 3.750 kg. Made in France. Price: 300 € with the publisher.

The 54 Masterkit aromas : FRUITY NOTES: 1 lemon, 2 grapefruit, 3 orange, 4 pineapple, 5 banana, 6 lychee, 7 melon, 8 muscat, 9 apple, 10 pear, 11 quince, 12 strawberry, 13 raspberry, 14 redcurrant, 15 blackcurrant, 16 bilberry, 17 blackberry , 18 cherry, 19 apricot, 20 peach, 21 almond (kernel), 22 prune, 23 walnut. FLORAL NOTES: 24 hawthorn, 25 acacia, 26 linden, 27 honey, 28 rose, 29 violet. VEGETAL NOTES: 30 green pepper, 31 mushroom, 32 truffle, 33 wine lees, 34 cedar, 35 pine, 36 liquorice, 37 blackcurrant bud, 38 cut hay, 39 thyme, 40 vanilla, 41 cinnamon, 42 clove, 43 pepper, 44 saffron. ANIMAL NOTES: 45 leather, 46 musk, 47 butter. TOASTY NOTES: 48 toast, 49 roasted almond, 50 roasted hazelnut, 51 caramel, 52 coffee, 53 dark chocolate, 54 smoky note.


Faults 12 aromas. Carmine clothbound book box, size 172 x 247 x 35 mm, weight 600 g.
Made in France. Price: 75 € with the publisher.
12 Faults aromas: vegetal, rotten apple, vinegar, glue, soap, sulphur, rotten egg, onion, cauliflower, horse, mouldy-earthy, cork.