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Jul 26, 2012 02:08 PM

vintage discrepancy on label vs cork

Just bought, what I thought was, some 2006 JM Boillot Montangny on closeout. When I removed the capsule, the cork says 2007! Anyone seen this before? Guess it must be an '07 wine with an old '06 label rather than an '06 wine with a cork from the future...

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  1. Interesting. I can't think of anytime that's ever happened to me. I agree, however, that it's probably a "mislabeling" rather than a "mis-corking."

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    1. re: zin1953

      I've seen this type of thing occasionally, usually in Burgundy, but much more commonly with the wrong vineyard. I agree with you as well.

    2. Once for me, after maybe 2000 bottles, and the next bottle of THAT wine, had everything correct - label and cork. Not sure what was wrong with the first, but my guess would be that the wrong cork got into the bottling line (from the year before), and no one noticed, until I did, some years later.


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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        My guess is the bottling line ran out of corks, or someone on the line grabbed the wrong bag of corks (the one with the next vintage date). I've seen this before. I trust the label more than the cork.

        1. re: maria lorraine

          That was my assumption, as well.

          In the end, there was not a real difference between the 19__ , and the 19__ +1. Mistakes can happen.


      2. How strange, 2006 vintage on label, 2007 on the cork and an unknown wine - Montangny.
        Curiouser and curiouser!

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        1. re: davidne1

          Though the wine was harvested in 2006, it was probably bottled in 2007. The Montagny ages for
          11 months without even stirring for its first round of aging. That translates to August-September 2007, so 2007 corks may have been used. This is easily the case if the winery ran out of 2006 corks, or there was a problem with the 2006 corks, or the wrong bag of corks was grabbed during bottling. If the Montagny was aged even longer, the bottling might have been in 2008, using what would be (at that point) leftover 2007 corks.

          1. re: maria lorraine

            Sounds like the most logical explanation to me too. But I wonder why a winery would have '07 corks on hand in '07, unless they bottle some wines very quickly, or did run out early and this was one of they last '06es they bottled.

            I'd like to see Jason's thought on why he thinks the opposite. I'm sure wineries cork the bottles before they label them, though, so mislabeling almost seems MORE likely.

        2. When a wine is bottled can be a few months to a few years after the grapes were picked and the wine process was started. We didn't bottle our 2009 reds until early 2011. Some of us home wine makers can even buy the leftover unused printed corks from the larger wineries at a pretty good price every so often so I really wouldn't worry about the printing on the cork, just that the cork is in good shape when pulled.