How Long Does Unopened Vintage Champagne Last?


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10 years and up, depending on the vintage


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long does an unopened bottle of vintage champagne last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of unopened champagne, store in a cool, dark area, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  • Champagne is vintage if it has been made using the grapes of one single year's harvest; it will be specifically dated by year on the label.
  • To maximize the shelf life of unopened champagne, place the bottle on its side rather than standing it upright - this will keep the cork moist and airtight.
  • How long does unopened vintage champagne last? Most vintage champagnes will remain at top quality for decades after they have been produced and they will stay safe indefinitely if properly stored.
  • Should an unopened bottle of champagne be stored in the refrigerator? For best quality, unopened champagne should not be refrigerated until 1-2 days before drinking.
  • How to tell if champagne has gone bad? The best way is to smell and look at the champagne: if champagne develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded for quality purposes.

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