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Old 10-29-2007, 10:36 AM
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Anyone know how long it last in the bottle in a climate controlled environment?
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Nope, hope I never will either!!
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That's almost like asking, "When did you stop beatin your wife?" Hard to find one correct answer.

For champagnes that age well (Dom, Krug) there are still great bottles around from the 50s and 60's that have been in tightly controlled environments.

However, I have a friend who had two 10 year old bottles of Krug. She opened one and the cork had dried out and the fizz was gone! She opened the other (both purchased and stored at the same time and manner) and it was great.

It's basically a crapshoot, but you can improve your odds by keeping it chilled.
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Wine and Champagne should be stored on their side. If stored properly in a cool environment it could las forever... In theory. You have to keep the cork wet. If the cork dries out you have vinegar or worse. It can last a long time this way but some vintages are better at a certain age and then after that they are not as good. What do you have?
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I have a 20 year old bottle of Cold Duck, what would that be worth?
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Approx. 7 days at my house. It's tough for a bottle to make it past a weekend. I can always find something to celebrate or toast.

I do keep them cool, and on their side, as Tarbaby suggested. Dangit, now I'm thirsty. Wheres that Frexinet?
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Andre Champagne Cold Duck 750ML
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Fizzy and fine, grapey and easy-to-drink, the light and ethereal Andre Cold Duck is delicious served well-chilled. Fine for sipping or with light appetizers and finger foods.

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Wines,I do have a nice little stock pile.Any dark wines,store them in the dark at around 65 drg that I had found best.Bubbes,don't care for it,but I do keep two bottles down in the frig next to the case of buds!
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Andre Champagne Cold Duck 750ML
Sku: 12750

Fizzy and fine, grapey and easy-to-drink, the light and ethereal Andre Cold Duck is delicious served well-chilled. Fine for sipping or with light appetizers and finger foods.

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Damn!! It doubled in price! Should have bought a couple of hundred bottles!
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Approx. 7 days at my house. It's tough for a bottle to make it past a weekend. I can always find something to celebrate or toast.

I do keep them cool, and on their side, as Tarbaby suggested. Dangit, now I'm thirsty. Wheres that Frexinet?
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Anyone know how long it last in the bottle in a climate controlled environment?



For those that care champagne does not come from California; it only comes from a region of France called … now get this … Champagne. I dunno, seems silly but whatever. I guess sparkling wine comes from everywhere else. That said, I recently saw a bottle of sparkling wine labeled ‘California Champagne’.

Slang name for champagne: cold duck.

Here’s the bad news, please get it verified of it is important to you: my understanding is that champagne, sparking wine, cold duck, whatever, is NEVER stored in a refrigerated climate. From what I recall there is active biological critters in the bottle that are held in check by the chemistry, but in return they hold the CO2 in check. Refrigeration kills that biology, and thus the equilibrium it brought to the inside of the bottle, so champagne should be consumed within 24hrs of chilling it. Supposedly, the worst thing you can do to champagne is store it in a fridge, or to chill it and then take it out of the fridge and put it back on the shelf.

Like I said, if it is important to you, find a source to get that info verified for accuracy. Or just send the bottle to me and I’ll let you know if it was any good.


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Actuallty there is a Cold Duck brand.

And by the way, Champagne even from France, is still sparkling wine.
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Yeah, I don't really understand the branding but it has something to do with who gets to call their sparkling wine whatever. We hear about it because of the prolific California wine industry. I believe all champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wines are champagne. Any distinctions beside regional is lost on me. In fact, even the taste is lost on me. Don't really care for it, wouldn't know the good stuff if I ever had it.



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If it is a decent bottle AND it has not been subjected to extreme tempratures (or changes) it can last indefinitely.

It will lose it's original color, be much less "frizzy" but can be awesome. If it is still good and you are with someone you care about it will be very special. it you are with someone you care about and it is terrible it will be hilarious-and then you can open a beer.
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Thanks for the info guys. I ended up getting 2 1/2 cases, we will see how it turns out. I removed it from the boxes and have it laying on it side now for the time being. I will try to remember to report my findings as to it's actual condition, I'm personally not too into the stuff, but hey, it was free.
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I was always told that once you buy wine, you should drink it within 6 months. Once you pop the cork, finish it within a week.
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I have a 20 year old bottle of Cold Duck, what would that be worth?
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