Wine Word of the Week: Disgorgement

By Kori ~ June 12th, 2010.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is disgorgement.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Disgorgement, or degorgement in French, is an integral stage in the traditional method of sparkling wine-making entailing the removal of a pellet of frozen sediment from the neck of each bottle. Modern alternative techniques such as alginate beads may eventually render this cumbersome process superfluous though on a commercial scale they have not generally proved to be sufficiently economical or practical.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Disgorgement is the process in which sediment is removed from the neck of a sparkling wine bottle.

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