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Term (also piquetage) for shaking or moving the bottles in the process of champagne or sparkling wine production. It is derived from "poignet" (wrist). The process can be carried out at various stages of production, either manually or, in large houses, sometimes mechanically:

  • after adding the liqueur de tirage (tirage liqueur) to mix it with the base wine or to distribute it in the bottle for the best possible fermentation in the bottle
  • during bottle fermentation, in order to prevent the yeast residues (see these in the bottle) from clumping and to facilitate the subsequent remuage (riddling)
  • as an alternative name (rather rarely used) for the remuage itself
  • after the addition of the liqueur d'expédition (expedition dosage) to mix the wine and the dosage

Poignettage: Vorgang und Flasche
Poignettage: www.schlumberger.at
Bottle: By BerndtF in Wikipedia - Self-photographed, Public domain, Link

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