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Jan 16, 2004 03:10 PM

How long can champagne be stored?

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About three years ago, some friends gave me a bottle of non-vintage Veuve Clicquot. Since I'm not much of a drinker, I stashed it away in the closet and forgot about it until today.

Is this bottle any good now? I suspect champagne doesn't keep the same way red wine would, but I hope it hasn't gone totally gross. Would I be able to serve this champagne to friends without embarrassment?

Thanks for any advice!!!

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  1. It should be fine as long as it didn't get too hot where you had it "aging". Have fun, take a chance and chill it and share it with your friends. Get a fresh back-up just in case.

    1. Actually a decent champagne will keep longer than most wines. As long as there are no big temp swings and hopefully the temp is under 70 it will be fine for years. Lots of folks buy champagne when a child is born to store and serve it at their wedding. Champagne doesn't even have to be stored on it's side like wine does and can be stored standing up if necessary. So that Veuve Clicquot is just fine and dandy and will be for quite some time. I have champagnes in my wine cellar that I bought when I was 18 and working at my first job in the wine industry. That was back in the early 80's and one I popped on my last B-Day and it was great.

      4 Replies
      1. re: The Rogue

        How about a bottle of champagne that's been refrigerated for more than a few years...?

        1. re: ciaolette

          About a year ago, when watching a program on wine and champagne, a vinter said that champagne should not be chilled for longer than three days.

          We never got around to drinking one of the bottles of our favorite champagne I had bought for the holidays. It had been in the frige since Christmas Eve. I left it in there while we were on vacation.

          We drank the bottle a couple of weekends ago. That makes the time chilled a little over two and a half weeks. It was okay, but definitely not the crisp, sharp taste we like about this particular champagne. Perhaps it was a bottle that had gone "bad" (which we've never experienced before with this champagne) or it may very well have been the extended refrigeration. We won't know for sure as I won't be leaving a bottle in the frige again. Too expensive and truly disappointing. Next time, I'll take it out until we're ready to drink it.

          1. re: Lily

            the champagne in the closet is fine... enjoy, or wait. no light, relatively constant temp., is the key to storage. humidity too, but it will be fine.

            I have heard champagne shouldn't be chilled a long time, but I have had bottles that sat in the 'fridge longer than that and they were still fine when finally consumed. it's not a way to store any wine, but I'm not sure it's the end of the wine, either.

            1. re: Lily

              It's possible that the cork dried out while sitting in that environment and some of the gasses escaped.

        2. I'm generous that way!