A customer asks Park Lane a question #1 [about champagne aging]

by Alastair Harrison December 18, 2017

A customer asks Park Lane a question #1 [about champagne aging]

My wife bought a magnum of personalised rose champagne for a special occasion six and a half years ago. The bottle has never been opened. Would it still be fine to drink this forthcoming new years eve?

Regards,

MA

 

Dear MA,

Thank you for the query.

I think the simple answer here is that there is no downside from opening it.  If you were going to be extra cautious, then a reserve bottle of champagne in case of catastrophe might be a good idea!

There is no definitive answer to the question because there are so many variables that affects how champagne ages;  storage and temperature are critical.  Light also plays a significant role.  In simple terms, cool and dark and constant temperature are ideal;  warm and dark and constant are tolerable.  Light is a big no-no – and especially if your pink champagne is in a clear glass bottle, as opposed to a green one.

Non-vintage champagne is essentially intended for drinking when it is shipped and ordinarily is in optimal condition for upto 18 months or so.  There are some people who like old(er) non-vintage champagne but that would generally be where the post-disgorgement storage has been optimum.  As  non vintage champagne ages, so the wine develops an increasing (what I refer to as a) “cardboard” taste.  If your pink is in clear bottles, you might notice that the colour has moved from vibrant pink towards a duller auburn.  Either way, the mousse (bubbles) should be intact and you should consider with your co-celebrators on NYE, that the champagne tasting is an experiment.

Good luck and I hope this helps.  Above all:  enjoy!

Kind regards

Alastair

Alastair Harrison

Alastair Harrison founded Park Lane Champagne in 1995. The focus has always been on supplying excellent quality champagnes to customers under their own brand and in small quantities.


Ask Park Lane Champagne a Question

Delivery Information

APC Delivery Service

All items purchased from Park Lane Champagne are sent in bespoke packaging to ensure that your bottle arrives in pristine condition. All parcels are sent using APC who will email you an order tracking code when your delivery leaves our warehouse. Once you have received your order tracking code you can follow the progress of your package on the APC website using your tracking code.

UK Delivery Only

Please note that Park Lane Champagne deliver to the UK only from the website. This includes Northern Island and the Channel Islands. If you would like your item delivered abroad please contact us so that we can prepare a bespoke quotation.

Delivery Options

Standard (2-3 days) £9.00
Next day (Mon-Thurs order before 3pm) £12.00
Select a day £15.00
Saturday anytime £30.00

 

What happens if I'm out?

We use APC because if you are out when the delivery is made your item will be delivered to the nearest depot or left with a neighbour (if the driver feels it is safe to do so).

The driver will leave a card notifying you of the attempted delivery and advising on your nearest depot or how to re-arrange delivery. Please note that APC will not leave a parcel unattended at a property unless they deem it safe to do so.