Wine glossary

Definition:sparkling wine-making term

This is a term from sparkling wine production, and refers to the dosage of wine that will define the residual sugar of the sparkling wine following degorging. In the traditional method, we decide between the liqueur de tirage (a fine cane or sugar beet and yeast mixture to instigate the second fermentation) and the liqueur d'expedition (the liquid sugar dosage added post fermentation to give the wine its character and balance), that is often the producer's secret recipe.