Hey all , i have got a 1996 Veuve Clicquot Grand Dame and a 1996 Lanson Gold champagne. Basically how long can i keep them and when roughly should i drink them?
I also have a "Dead Arm Shiraz" that is 2005.

They are kept in a under stairs cupboard in England so they are not getting too hot and they are kept in the dark,i havent taken the temperature of my "cellar" yet but will do.
Thanks
Mary
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Good question. I too have an old bottle of champagne and was wondering how long it would keep. It's a bottle of Champagne Jacquart Brut Mosaique 2002. Does anyone have any input on this? I've been saving it for over three years now and I'm wondering just how long I can hold onto it.
marydoherty-

Your Champagne can be held for several years (10+ easily) if stored properly. Preferrably, standing up, but not critical.

Your 2005 Dead Arm should probably not be opened for 5 or 6 more years.

Regarding your cupboard space, the emphasis is on:
1) preferred, stable, temps of 12-15C
2) Dark
3) No vibrations

Sergio-
You can check W-S tasting notes and recommendations here.

Not sure if you need to be a paid subscriber to access this part of the site. Tasting notes for the 2002 vintage have not been made (2002 is not considered an 'old bottle' BTW). Other sites recommend you drink by 2010, however I'd think you'd likely be fine for a few years more if stored properly.

Welcome the the Boards, Sergio and marydoherty. Smile
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Welcome the the Boards, Serge and marydoherty. Smile

Eek Wash your mouth out for calling him that, and Sergio you have the board's deepest apologies. [And, Sergio, the Search function works well if you're wondering what in the hell I'm joking about. Smile]

As for the original question, the '96 La Grande Dame does not appear to have the life that was originally expected. I plan to drink my remaining bottles within the next few years.

I don't think the Lanson ever had a long life in store for it and should be consumed within a similar time frame, but I don't have any personal experience with that wine.
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Originally posted by SD-Wineaux:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Welcome the the Boards, Serge and marydoherty. Smile

Eek Wash your mouth out for calling him that, and Sergio you have the board's deepest apologies.

My sincerest appologies for this blunder. Red Face
Unintentional, I assure you. Wink

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