Question: What is Remuage?
Answer: French word for Riddling of Sparkling wine – especially Champagne. A skillful process (falling into disuse because of mechanization) whereby a “remueur” worker by hand gradually over a couple of months rotates the bottles in racks called “pupitres” back and forth by a “shake & turn” tilting downward to eventually collect all the yeast lees sediment “sur pointe” into the neck (for later disgorgement removal). Pol Roger in Epernay is now one of the few Champagne houses (and perhaps the only one) still using 100% hand riddling on all their bottles. Remuage is a fun process to watch and be amazed at the speed and skill involved.
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