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Waist

French term with several meanings in viticulture. In the context of vineyard work, it refers to pruning (tailler = to cut) or also to the vine training is meant. In the production of champagne, "waist" refers to the must from a pressing process. In this case, "taillieren" (to fail) refers to the turning of the mash cake after a pressing process before a further pressing takes place. Depending on how often such a turning takes place, a distinction is made between premières and deuxièmes tailles (the deuxièmes tailles, however, may no longer be used for Champagne since 1992). In German-speaking countries, this corresponds to Scheitermost. The must from the first pressing is called cuvée or tête de cuvée.

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