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.
James Joyce (at left, with the bow-tie) explains to his newly-hired secretary (Samuel Beckett, at right) the full range of his secretarial duties. The levitating furniture does not look very comfortable to me.
Beckett would not be so sanguine if he knew of the long-term effects of bread-pellet abuse, as shown in Joyce's long-term companion Nora Barnacle, who has spiralled further into helpless addiction.