Does Champagne go bad after opening? Even after 28 days?

I opened this Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) Champagne from the Cote de Blancs region on May 27th. Today, I needed the Champagne stopper for a customer. So, I took the Champagne out of the refrigerator and poured the remaining juice into my glass for an experiment.

It was totally flat as expected, but what I did not expect was the freshness that remained on the nose and palate. Incredible.

Here are my brief tasting notes:

Bracing acid, even after such a long life exposed to oxygen. Nice fruit, striking how drinkable this is with so much oxidation.

Some of the finest base wine that I have ever tasted, still so clean after an amount of time that would turn most wines into a mess of sour sherry notes. Not this beauty. Well played, Perrot-Batteaux.

One Comment

  1. Donn Rutkoff
    Posted October 21, 2011 at 5:38 PM | Permalink

    28 days on a champ. stopper should still be almost full of fizz. I dimly (dimwit as I be) recall that the last time I used a proper champ. stopper it worked for several weeks or months with just a tiny loss of fizz. and yes, champ. w/o fizz is good p noir rose or light malic chard.

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