Originally posted by marcb7:
I opened a bottle of 2004 Pontet Canet this past weekend and the cork was protruding slightly, maybe 1/8th of an inch. The wine tasted fine, but is this something to be concerned with? What amount of protrusion is the most you would be comfortable with?
A slightly protruding cork can be an indication of improper storage, either too cold or too hot. If the wine has been frozen, there will be a lot of crystalline sediment. However, it's usually not a big problem -- leakage is far worse. Still, if you have the option, choose the bottle without the protruding cork.