The bottle is then riddled, so that the lees settles in the neck of the wine bottle...
Manual riddling is still done for Prestige Cuvées in Champagne... mechanised riddling equipment (a gyropalette) is used instead.
We are not all that sure that the "Empathy toward all God's creatures" course is working all that well. Neither can we claim complete success in our programme of teaching her to speak Polari. I feel that she is only pretending to understand "Mrs. Cat how bona to vada your dolly old eek" and may be taking clues from my body positions. Hiding in the vacuum cleaner cupboard and talking through the key hole did not improve the results. So it has not been a stellar year for Mrs.Cat but as she often says "Where's the feckin' tuna, then?"