quote:Originally posted by Markiemark:
The only crumbling corks I've run across were on aged vintage ports. The wines were fine but had to be strained several times.
Since they were stored with many others in cellar conditions, I had to assume it was the cork, not the conditions.
Undoubtedly the more advanced age of the Ports is a factor, but, now that you mention it, my Ports often have deteriorating corks.
I'm gong to posit that low humidity cannot possibly be a contributor. All organic materials keep longer in low humidity. Mummies, for example? Wood in arid climates?