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{Poignetage} or ({Piquetage}

Poignetage or (Piquetage) refers to the act of shaking the bottles, with the cork secured by the wire muzzle, to mix the wine with the liqueur d’expédition.

After poignetage comes mirage (inspection to check the wine’s limpidity). The bottle is then replaced in the pallet and returned to rest in the cellar for a further 2-6 months before labeling (habillage). At the end of this time, the liqueur d’expédition will have blended perfectly with the wine and the cork will meanwhile have softened, facilitating its removal when the time comes to serve the Champagne.