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How long will a bottle of champagne last?

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Frank Escobar Sep 18, 2004 09:48 AM

I have a nice bottle of French Champagne (redundant?) that I received in December of 2002. I am thinking about opening it soon but I was afraid that it might have gone flat or bad.

Does anyone know how long a bottle of Champagne, kept in a dark, cool place, will last and what are the signs of spoiled champagne?

Much Thanks

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    mike g Sep 21, 2004 06:05 PM

    Around me, will not last long...badda bing !

    Sorry. Hat, coat....

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      Bob Moffatt Sep 18, 2004 01:56 PM

      Don't be frightened. A couple of years in the bottle is nothing for a Champagne, it spends most of its life like that.

      The signs of bad Champagne are that it is flat and does not taste nice. Provided that it has spent most of its life laying horizontal so that the cork is kept moist, your drink is likely to be as good as it was when bottled.

      Bob

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        Melanie Wong Sep 18, 2004 07:37 PM

        Sparkling wines, such as champagne, should be stored upright, not horizontal.

        Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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          Hugh Lipton Sep 19, 2004 10:54 AM

          I would appreciate knowing your source about storing champagne. I have always been instructed that any corked wine should be stored on it's side so that the cork will not dry out.

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            Nina W. Sep 19, 2004 12:15 PM

            Melanie Wong IS the source.

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              Hugh Lipton Sep 19, 2004 01:17 PM

              My goodness. I think you're right.

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              Melanie Wong Sep 19, 2004 12:29 PM

              Per the thread linked in my post above, Champagne's professional body, Comite Interprofessionel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), is the source of the research. When the results were announced some years ago, it was almost shocking because it went against eons of conventional wisdom about wine storage. Remember, this applies to sparkling wines only.

              Link: http://www.collectors.com/articles/article_view.chtml?artid=1368

              Image: http://www.champagne.fr/fr/portail/im...

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                Hugh Lipton Sep 19, 2004 01:16 PM

                Thanks for saving or knowing where to find that article. I did not see it when it came out and this is the first time I've heard about it. I am a wine collector but don't normally store sparkling wines. Nontheless it is still good to have the knowledge.

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              Frank Escobar Sep 19, 2004 02:38 PM

              Melanie you anticipated my next question. Thanks.

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            Hugh Lipton Sep 18, 2004 10:58 AM

            A vintage champagne will under good to ideal conditions last about 13 years. If you are serving this to guests and you have any doubts at all it is recommended that you have a backup bottle of something recently purchased just in case. The only way to tell if the bottle is bad is to open it. If it it really dark or even medium yellow their is a chance that it has maderized (spoiled), further, no bubbles, no champagne.

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              Mosca Sep 18, 2004 02:02 PM

              LOL,and that way, you always have a bottle of champagne available!

              Tom

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                Hugh Lipton Sep 18, 2004 02:55 PM

                Your follow up reminded me of a wuotation from Dorothy Parker: "Three be the things I shall never attain, envy, content and sufficient Champagne."

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                Frank Escobar Sep 18, 2004 05:08 PM

                Thank you all. I shall promptly put my bottle to good use.

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