CHAMPAGNE IS THE UNDISPUTED QUEEN OF THE SPARKLING WINES. WITH A ROYAL PRICE TO PROVE IT, BE IT FOR BIG BRANDS SUCH AS DOM PERIGNON OR FOR THE SIMPLER QUALITIES FROM THE DISCOUNTER STORES. GIVEN THEIR COST, GOURMETS MAY WELL WONDER, HOW LONG SUCH CHAMPAGNE WILL REMAIN GOOD TO DRINK. AFTER ALL, IT WOULD BE A SHAME IF THE SHELF LIFE WERE PASSED OR WORSE, IF AN OPENED BOTTLE WERE NO LONGER SAVE TO DRINK. LUCKILY THERE IS THE INNOVATIVE BOTTLE STOPPER ZZYSH CHAMPAGNE FOR THE LATTER. BUT MORE ABOUT IT LATER.
The big question is: What is the shelf life of champagne?
In general, champagne does not always benefit from prolonged storage. However, many types of champagne may be stored for longer periods without any problems, so that you can readily create your own small champagne collection. Always remember though: irrespective of whether you are storing your bottles in a wine cellar or a wine storage refrigerator, champagne has limited shelf life. However, there is no standard minimum shelf life with either wine or champagne. Fortunately, champagne producers have started to write the time point of disgorging on the label. This is a good marker for shelf life because it is the time when the ageing of champagne in the bottle begins.
Shelf life of low-cost segment champagne
You can purchase champagne at the discounter store for under €20.00. These qualities, however, should be consumed within the year of purchase and not stored for a longer time. If you store them beyond this time, you run the risk of opening a product which is no longer drinkable. As it happens, champagne, too, can go bad. Champagne with a price ranging between €20.00 and €30.00 should not be stored longer than two years at the most, if you do not want to spoil your drinking pleasure. This price category includes entry qualities of famous brands such as: Lanson, Moët & Chandon, and Pommery.
Shelf life of medium price segment champagne
In the price range of €30.00 to €60.00, you will most likely find the date of disgorging on the bottle label. Some have the dates printed in a hidden corner, but searching for this information will prove useful in any case. The shelf life of these champagne bottles is clearly longer. They are able to age up to 5 years. However, you should take great care with the storage of these bottles, as champagne is sensitive to light exposure and ages much faster at higher storage temperatures. Therefore, you should keep this type of champagne in a dark and cool environment, ideally in your own cellar or in a wine storage refrigerator with black glass.
Shelf life of premium and vintage champagne
The great and famous champagne brands such as Dom Perignon or La Grand Dame de Veuve Cliquot can be stored up to 10 years. Champagne of greater vintage years can even age longer. At any rate, these precious goods must be handled by you with kid gloves; you must store them professionally, to preserve maximum drinking pleasure.
Should champagne be stored in the fridge?
For a short time, you can store champagne in the refrigerator. You best put the unopened bottle in the vegetable drawer. However, only consider this to be a temporary storage place.
Opened bottles should always be kept in the refrigerator. Ideally, you seal them with the ZZYSH CHAMPAGNE. Thanks to the optimally fitting stopper and the mix of carbon acid and argon gas which is inserted into the champagne bottle, your champagne will keep its taste and flavor. The pressure of the carbon acid remains intact and the flavor of the champagne will be conserved by the argon gas. This way, you can enjoy half full bottles even three to five days after opening without any loss of flavor.