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Is champagne worth more with age?

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I am just wondering if anyone knows anything about Champagne. I have 5 bottles of Grand Cru Brut Vintage 1995 - in the special 2000 Millenium Gold presentation Tin, I bought 12 for the millenium ne…
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
I am just wondering if anyone knows anything about Champagne.

I have 5 bottles of Grand Cru Brut Vintage 1995 - in the special 2000 Millenium Gold presentation Tin, I bought 12 for the millenium new year (was a good deal if anyone remembers back that far to Somefields price mistake on it!).

Is it worth anything? Can I sell it? Is it devaluing and I should just drink it? Should I hold onto it? Any input appreciated!

If I was going to sell it is there anywhere specific I should sell it to or bung it on ebay?
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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banned#1
I dont think Alcohol is allowed on eBay.

Only get away with 'Ornamental' alcohol but 5 bottles of bubbly will likely be removed :]

Hold onto it
#2
dnt know but a lot of wine bought in supermarkets say drink within 1 year? so they go off ?
#3
Champagne doesn't last is begins to vinegar after a few years, unlike wine which does mature (dependent on vintage), you know when you have opened an 'off' bottle of champagne because the cork doesn't 'mushroom'.
#4
I might drink it all then :) I know that my local restaurant is selling 1995 champagne so it should still be ok at the moment (been kept dark and cool) and we drank a bottle last year when I got engaged and it was still fine.... but if it's only going to go off, I'll find a special occasion for it!
#5
http://www.restaurant.org/business/champagne.cfm

Here's the lowdown on bubbly, according to champagne-and-wine consultant Jean-Louis Carbonnier.

I have an older bottle of champagne. Is it still drinkable?
Because of strict aging requirements, champagnes are ready to drink when they are released to the market. (Classic nonvintage champagnes are generally aged in the cellar for 2 to 3 years, and vintage champagnes for 4 to 5 years.) However, most champagnes will age well if properly stored. Typically, classic champagnes can be kept for about 5 years, and vintage champagnes for about 10 years after their release. Keep in mind that, like other wines, champagnes change as they age. These changes will become more pronounced after 5 years. As champagnes evolve, the fruit aromas of a younger wine will evolve into dried fruit, honey, nutty and toasty flavors. Champagnes also take on a deeper-golden color as they age and tend to lose some of their effervescence. Although many consumers prefer fresher, younger champagnes, some people appreciate the characteristics of older champagnes as well, especially with a meal.

How do I store champagne?
Like all wines, champagnes are particularly sensitive to abrupt changes in temperature and exposure to light. Keep champagnes at a cool, steady temperature in a slightly damp environment.

Can I store champagne in my refrigerator?
It's not recommended to store champagne in the refrigerator for more than a few months. The air in a refrigerator is too dry, and the bottle will be exposed to vibrations as well as the internal light at frequent intervals. However, keeping a bottle in the fridge for a few days or even weeks will not affect the quality of the wine.

How do I determine the value of an older bottle of champagne?
Determining value for an older bottle of champagne is often difficult. Because champagnes are often consumed soon after their release, few of them have an auction record. However, interest in older champagnes is growing, and several champagne auctions have been held in New York City and London by leading auction houses. A bottle of older champagne with good provenance is about 10 percent to 20 percent more valuable than the current vintage of the same wine, unless it is exceptionally rare and hence worth more.
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Have a party and drink it then lol :thumbsup:

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