Disgorgement is the last action that takes place in the process of making a quality sparkling wine produced by the traditional method. It consists of extracting the yeasts, or lees, that remain inside the bottle after having made the second fermentation.
After the fermentation and aging of the sparkling wines, the yeasts that remain inside the bottle must be extracted, in order to make the wines clean and transparent before launching them to the market. Through the process of removal, the yeasts are transported by gravity to the neck of the bottle and with the disgorgement it will be uncovered to expel those remaining yeasts. Then proceed to add the expedition liquor (if needed) and place the traditional cork.
From few months ago, Torelló incorporates the date of disgorgement on the back labels, indicating month and year. This is intended to give more information to the consumer. After the disgorgement and subsequent corking, it is necessary that the sparkling wine recover -for a period of not less than three months- from the abrupt act of uncovering the bottles after years growing up in the tranquility of the cellar. During this time, the carbon dioxide and the expedition liquor will be integrated, in case it was added. Torelló has been dedicated for decades to the elaboration of long aging sparkling wines and we understand that the later evolution in the bottle after the disgorgement is totally recommendable. Our sparkling wines are prepared for this, since they were made with base wines with great aging capacity and, after disgorgement, they will gain in complexity.