Reply to "What does a crumbling cork say about storage conditions?"

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Originally posted by differentdave:
NOt enough humidity during cellaring of bottle will cause the cork to dry out and shrink. This in turn will let more oxygen in to the bottle. So yu wind up with bad wine and a bad cork.


Maybe. However, if the ullage is OK on a bottle and the cork still crumbles, the wine is probably fine. If the ullage is below the shoulder and the cork crumbles, probably some humidity/cork issues.
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