French 19th Century Champagne Riddler Coffee Table
Dimensions: 18 1/2″H x 33″W x 19 1/4″D
This unique coffee table has been newly made out of an antique French champagne riddling rack. The rack dates back to 1880. Riddling, or Remuage, involves the gradual tilting of the bottle neck-down ‘sur pointe’, meanwhile rotating it (by hand) in small increments, clockwise and counter clockwise. As the angle of tilt increases down the rack, gravity forces the sediment into the neck. The champagne is now ready to have its sediment forcefully removed under pressure by a process known as disgorgement, leaving it perfectly clear. Thousands of bottles would be turned by hand at each Chateau every growing season at this stage in the wine-making process. Today, most wine houses have automatic riddlers. Cheers to automation and this exquisite conversation starter!