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Corked Champagne

Post by AHB » 23:20 Wed 05 Sep 2012

After having drunk goodness knows how many bottles of Champagne over the last 30 years, I opened a bottle today and encountered my first ever corked bottle of Champagne! What a shock!
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Re: Corked Champagne

Post by DRT » 01:07 Thu 06 Sep 2012

:(

I hope it wasn't a particularly good one!
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Re: Corked Champagne

Post by griff » 16:55 Thu 06 Sep 2012

Sorry to hear but I am very surprised by your low strike rate! I haven't been as fortunate :(

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Re: Corked Champagne

Post by AHB » 21:46 Mon 10 Sep 2012

DRT wrote::(

I hope it wasn't a particularly good one!
It was a modest bottle, not something too serious, but very irritating. Happily a substitute was found rapidly.
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Re: Corked Champagne

Post by AHB » 21:48 Mon 10 Sep 2012

griff wrote:Sorry to hear but I am very surprised by your low strike rate! I haven't been as fortunate :(
I'd built up an expectation that Champagne was unlikely to be corked, I wasn't sure why - I assumed that the corks used were top quality so less likely to be contaminated.
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Re: Corked Champagne

Post by griff » 18:24 Tue 11 Sep 2012

AHB wrote:
griff wrote:Sorry to hear but I am very surprised by your low strike rate! I haven't been as fortunate :(
I'd built up an expectation that Champagne was unlikely to be corked, I wasn't sure why - I assumed that the corks used were top quality so less likely to be contaminated.
That's what I think about port corks! :lol:

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Re: Corked Champagne

Post by mosesbotbol » 19:04 Tue 11 Sep 2012

Was it an aged bottle? Champagne should be aged upright. Can't recall the last corked Champagne I have had. Madeira, I have had one bottle corked.
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Re: Corked Champagne

Post by AHB » 08:35 Wed 12 Sep 2012

mosesbotbol wrote:Was it an aged bottle? Champagne should be aged upright. Can't recall the last corked Champagne I have had. Madeira, I have had one bottle corked.
It was an aged bottle, from the 2000 vintage.

Purely from a storage convenience point of view, I store my Champagne bottles on their side - it's just easier with the racking I have. While I agree that you can store Champagne bottles upright, I guess the only advantage to that is you might avaid TCA contamination if the cork is infected.
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Re: Corked Champagne

Post by Andy Velebil » 01:28 Thu 13 Sep 2012

Bummer. Not often you hear of someone having a corked Champagne. :(

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