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Dirty socks

As the name implies, always an unpleasant flaw and a sign of incompetent wine making. (It has been called to my attention, though, that in rare Burgundies like well-aged Bonnes Mares, a whiff of this may be acceptable; also note the relationship between this unappetizing descriptor and ripe cheeses such as Gruyere. Compare "merde," below.)

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