So you just found bottle of champagne that has been lying around for ages.
Maybe you just found an open bottle from the party from two weeks ago.
Either way, you are looking at it and thinking: “Gosh. Can I drink it?”
You don’t want to throw it out – that would be a waste! The question you are looking for is: does champagne go bad? And, if yes, how long does it last?
If you kept your bottle sealed in fridge, most of the time you will be fine, although there are some types that can go bad fairly quickly.
On the other hand, certain types can be great even after more than twenty years! The shelf life depends on a number of factors:
- How has it been stored?
- Was it refrigerated and kept in a fridge?
- Has it already been opened?
- What does the label say (vintage champagne or not)?
What is a vintage champagne?
Vintage champagne is made only from grapes that were harvested in one year. Non-vintage types are made from grapes that could have been harvested in various different years.
Vintage types are of superior quality, last longer and all of that is being reflected in a price. How do you find out if you have one?
See the bottle’s front label and look for a year. If you see a year and a text “vintage” – great, you have a vintage bottle. If not, you have a regular champagne which could be made from various different types of grapes harvested in different years.
Does champagne go bad once opened?
From our experience – if you opened a bottle 4 or 5 days ago, sealed it properly and kept it in a refrigerator, it will still be fine.
It doesn’t really matter if you have a vintage bottle or not. However, after a week, you can notice that it starts to lose its taste.
That being said, you should never leave the bottle unsealed once it’s been opened. If you don’t seal it, carbon dioxide will evaporate and you’ll be very soon left with bottle without any bubbles.
Also, some contaminants may get inside and start the process of spoiling. If spoiled, it’s easy to tell as it tastes sour and has a sharp smell.
Champagne is full of carbon dioxide and its solubility largely depends on liquid’s temperature. As temperature rises, solubility decreases and gas wants to escape (think about heating up water and bubbles coming up to the surface as soon as it starts to boil).
If you keep it outside in a room temperature, it usually keeps its quality up to 3 or 4 days. You can see that keeping it refrigerated is a good way of extending its quality once open.
You might have heared about the most classic way to chill bottle of champagne. It’s super easy – for 20 minutes, you put it in a bucket, which is half filled with ice and half filled with water.
From my experience, it’s the same as if you’d put it in a freezer for 30 minutes… But what if you open the freezer and you’re looking at a bottle that’s totally frozen, because it was left there some two days ago?
In this case, patience pays. Whatever you do, do not open it right away. Remember that it contains alcohol and may not be fully frozen. It might still turn into an explosive fountain. Let the ice thaw and keep it outside for a while. Once you are sure that it’s not solid anymore, you can slowly open it should be fine.
How to seal bottle after opening?
Before putting the bottle in a fridge, you want to seal it properly. That way, carbon dioxide cannot escape and bubbles stay inside. Sometimes, putting the cork back in can be difficult and there’s a great product on the market that me and my wife have been using for ages.
This is the best we found and it works perfectly. Last time, we were out of the town for a week. We left the bottle in fridge and finished it off once we came back – and we couldn’t notice any difference!
- It’s made out of a stainless steel and it’s airtight and leakproof.
- It also allows you to store a bottle in whatever position you want.
- It’s cheap, long lasting and it can make a nice gift for a friend who like to enjoy a bottle of champagne here and there.
- It’s also very easy to use. You place the sealer on the top, press it down, turn it clockwise and create a firm seal.
How to store champagne?
Champagnes are best kept in an upright position in a refrigerator in order to avoid leaking of oxygen through its cork.
Storing it at one constant temperature is crucial to maintaining the quality of the champagne. Fluctuation is temperature can damage both the taste and texture, although slight fluctuations might not have any effect.
How to store Champagne to extend its shelf life?
Champagnes must be stored in an upright standing position. In addition to this, the temperature should also be kept constant to ensure the quality. Once the champagne is chilled, it should be kept refrigerated or a constant cool temperature until used.
You can also store the champagne in wine cellars as well. However, remember that the champagne should be chilled for forty-five minutes before opening to achieve desired results. If you do not want to keep the champagne refrigerated, then you should store it in a dark and cool place, in an upright position. You can extend the shelf life of the champagne by storing it properly.
Does champagne go bad/better with time/age?
Unfortunately, unlike red wine, champagne doesn’t get better with time/age, especially the non-vintage champagnes. If champagne is left for a very long time, the bubbles or the sparkle will be lost. Champagnes are generally made “ready-to-drink” once they are purchased, and normally are aged beforehand. However, there are champagnes that have a long shelve life.
How soon does champagne go bad?
Champagne actually goes bad with time and age even it is kept unopened. However, it will take many years before it starts getting bad. This does not mean it is will not be safe to consume, it actually means that the champagne will just lose its bubbles and a little taste. Vintage champagnes have around five to ten years before it loses its fizz. Non-vintage ones, on the other hand, can start to lose their fizz after three or four years.
Interesting facts about Champagne
• The word “Champagne” is meant to be used only for product that belongs to the region of Champagne, situated in France. All other products from rest of the world should be termed as “Sparkling Wines”.
• You can drop one raisin into your flute’s bottom in order to give the glass some additional fizz. The carbon-dioxide will adhere to the raisin’s surface and then will be released as tiny or small bubbles from that raisin.
Champagne is actually a modification of wine, which goes through the process of fermentation for the second time. Yeasts and sugar are added in small amounts so that the production of carbon dioxide (bubbles) begins.
How to tell if Champagne is bad, rotten or spoiled?
You should always try to keep the date of purchasing in your mind as it may help you know if the bottle is near expiry or not. When champagne goes bad, they usually taste flat. Further, if it goes bad, then it will also be void of sparkle and bubbles. If it is spoiled or rotten, then it will give you a sour taste.
You should keep in mind that champagnes are usually made for instant consumption, which means you can keep the bottle for three or four days. After that, it will not give you the desired taste and may taste flat.
Champagne is a great way to celebrate. You should make sure that you keep the bottle safe and secure for a special day in your life. However, storing them sometimes becomes a challenge. But if you know how to store them properly, then you can always enjoy the champagne and its sparkle with your special ones.