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Madeira question

Big Fat Moe Jan 24, 2009 08:14 AM

I have a bottle of 10 years old old reserve Colombo Madeira. How long will it remain drinkable after opening?

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    zin1953 RE: Big Fat Moe Jan 24, 2009 08:18 AM

    Unlike most wines, Madeira is relatively indestructible It will certainly keep for months.

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      TBird RE: zin1953 Apr 8, 2009 05:48 PM


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        Melanie Wong RE: TBird Apr 21, 2009 05:36 PM

        Absolutely years. i have several bottles on the kitchen counter that have been open for a few years and they're fine. You do have some evaporation risk.

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      eatanddestroy RE: Big Fat Moe Apr 15, 2009 05:28 PM

      A friend had a bottle of Madeira that was 70 years old. When he first opened the bottle, the taste was a bit off, but once it was aerated, it was great!

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        eatanddestroy RE: eatanddestroy Apr 16, 2009 10:05 AM

        Oops, I misread your question. So ignore my response above.

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        vinhotinto75 RE: Big Fat Moe Apr 15, 2009 07:35 PM

        Unlike many other fortified wines like Porto, Madeira will keep for several months as I recently opened a similar vintage recently which I brought back from Funchal.


        1. kchurchill5 RE: Big Fat Moe Apr 15, 2009 07:37 PM

          Mine has been open around 5 months and perfectly fine.

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            Steve_K RE: Big Fat Moe Apr 22, 2009 04:59 PM

            Madeira will remain drinkable for years if properly sealed (to prevent evaporation) as it is already fully oxidised before being bottled - ie, air contact won't do any more to change the character than it already has.

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