chateau migraine

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The term 'chateau' is used in imitation of the many French wines named after a château (castle), with migraine (migraine) added for humorous effect, as it is itself a French loanword and would seem a plausible name for a wine if it were not for its actual meaning.


  • IPA(key): /ʃɑˌtoː miˈɡrɛːnə/


chateau migraine m (plural chateau migraines or chateaux migraines, diminutive chateautje migraine n)

  1. (humorous) cheap or poor quality wine, said to give one a headache
    • 2013, M. Blum, L.F. Kaiser, Trouwen voor Dummies, Pearson Education, page 142:
      Afhankelijk van het huis kan dit een prima wijntje zijn of chateau migraine.
      Depending on the house, this can be a perfectly good wine or a chateau migraine.