How best to store your champagne?
If you are venturing to read this article, it is because you care about the well-being of your champagne. And for that, Bravo!
To preserve your champagne (and your wines in general) in the best possible conditions, you need to know what factors can have an impact on its quality. Below you will find some of the dos and don'ts:
Avoid noise and vibrations
If you decide to lay your bottle down to sleep, then you should give it the peace and quiet it needs. Vibrations can considerably alter its taste.
Store your bottle lying down
Your bottle should be stored on its side. This is because the cork in the bottle must remain humid in order not to dry out and shrink. Besides, this allows the wine to evolve slowly and gently over time.
Protect your bottle from light
This advice is more important for clear glass bottles. Champagne hates light. This is why the majority of bottles are made of tinted glass, to protect the precious beverage from UV rays. The risk is that a "taste of light" will develop in the bottle (resulting in cauliflower-like odours). Light also accelerates the wine's oxidation. So, consider yourself warned!
Store your bottle in a cool place
Champagne is sensitive to temperature variations. Avoid storing it in the kitchen, where the temperature often varies. Ideally, you will store it in a cellar, at a constant temperature (between 9° and 14° C). If you don’t, you could lose some of the champagne's aromas.
Fun fact: Following the discovery of the wreck of the Jönköping, which had been lying at a depth of 63 metres in the Baltic Sea for 82 years with thousands of bottles of champagne in her hold, many Champagne Houses have been experimenting with ageing in the sea. If you live close to the sea, you can always try it, if not, you’ll just have to make do with your cellar!