Storing Dom Perignon Champagne?!

Question: Storing Dom Perignon Champagne!?
I know the champagne needs to be kept in a cool, dark place, but what if a bottle was exposed to a hot, sunny climate for a day!. Will this spoil the champagne, or will it still be good when opened!. It is a bottle of 1983 Dom Perignon!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

This pretty much depends on both how the bottle had been stored before/after the incident as well as how long and how hot your bottle was exposed to the heat!.

In general, wines are actually more durable than most people gave it credit for!. I actually takes a few hours of hotter weather for a wine bottle to actually to get warm enough to affect the wine!. When I host my tasting, sometimes I would pack my wines (freshly removed from my cellar) either in styrofoam or newspaper, and that will keep the wine temperature at a decent temperature for at least a couple of hours even in Texas heat!. So, if the exposure is limited, the temperature of the wine may not get up that high!.

What worries me is that, with heat, the gas in the wine may expand, and at one time of my life, I had a bottle of wine sitting in my car for way too long, so the gas pushed some of the wine and leaked around the cork!. In general, when purchasing wine, if the cork is poking out, that suggests the possibility of heat exposure!. I drank that bottle in a few days, and it tasted fine!. On the other hand, I am not so sure how long that bottle would able to be kept - few months maybe, few years probably not!.

As for the remainder, you need to keep the champagne in the optimal condition!. Too many people pu their wines on top of the refrigerator, which is the worst place to put the wine!. Some people put it inside the refrigerator, which is also bad, since that will dry up the cork!. If your Champagne is kept in wrong place, then you will have a bottle that would not able to survive such an extreme condition!.

My suggestion is to look at your bottle and see how the cork is like and where the top of the wine is relative to the bottle, If the cork is pushed out, maybe a bit sticky, and the wine in the bottle is below the neck, then I would be concerned!. If not, this is a bottle from a good vintage and had been kept for a long time, and it would be a waste to open just because you are worried about how good it is!. Just keep in mind that, when you do decide to open this bottle for that special occasion, have a backup bottle just in case this is spoiled!.


if it didn't pop the cork and none of the liquid seeped out of the top then it is probably fine!. You shouldn't really store it too long as Champagne is made to be consumed when it is released!. It doesn't really get better with age!.Www@FoodAQ@Com


I don't think 1 day will hurt it!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

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