liqueur d'expedition


The neck of a Champagne bottle is frozen in a brine bath called bac à glace in preparation for dégorgement, the removal of sediment from the bottle. This immediately precedes "dosage" in the méthode champenoise. Dosage, or liqueur d'expedition, is the addition of a mixture of wine and sugar which determines the eventual sweetness of the contents of the bottle, which is then corked.

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