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Methyl anthranilate

Methyl anthranilate is the ester of anthranilic acid. It is formed by the reaction between anthranilic acid and methanol (via a reaction with coenzyme-A). Methyl anthranilate causes the typical ‘foxy’ scent in wines made from Vitis labrusca grapes (or hybrids thereof). The smell of methyl anthranilate can be described as a fruity smell of orange blossom, and the taste like that of ‘grape’ or ‘winegums’. It is often used as a flavouring in candy, soft drinks, chewing gum, etc. The description of a ‘foxy’ odor caused by methyl anthranilate is therefore not composed of actual animalistic scents in the wine, but is rather sweet and candy-like.


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