Q&A: What (or who) is the remueur?

Q. What (or who) is the remueur?

A. It’s no secret that in traditional Champagne production methods, a remueur would manually riddle, or rotate, the bottles of wine to ensure the sediment slowly cascades towards the neck of the bottle. Remueurs have mostly been replaced with gyropalettes, which are machines that mechanize this process.

The remueur might be difficult to say—rhem-yur, roughly—but you’ll probably have an even harder time saying it with a bad head cold. Fleetwood Mac does not sing about remueurs, and if you try to pass along the message playing “telephone,” we bet no one would get it right (unless…you played in France?)!

These sparkling wines in our Hostess Pack, like almost all bubbly wines, were more than likely turned with a gyropalette…but who knows, maybe a remueur-riddled bottle is among them? Either way, you’ve got a cool new fact to tell your friends while hosting. Check out the Hostess Pack on our Wine365 Shop:

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