As a rule, non-vintage Champagnes can be kept unopened for three to four years, and vintage cuvées for five to ten years. Champagnes will change as they age – most will become a deeper, golden colour and loose some of their effervescence.
Do champagne bottles expire?
If you’re planning on saving a nice bottle of bubbly for a special occasion, your best bet is to leave it as it is and make sure that you store it in the right way. Unopened champagne will last: Three to four years if it is non-vintage; Five to ten years if it is a vintage.
Is 20 year old champagne drinkable?
Is 20 Year Old Champagne Drinkable? Champagne can eventually go bad even if it has been stored in the refrigerator (or in another cool and dry place) for quite some time, but it won’t happen for a number of years. However, it won’t have the nice bubbly effect it once had, so it won’t be safe to drink.
Can you drink an old bottle of champagne?
Old champagne (or any sparkling wine for that matter) will not make you sick (unless of course, you overindulge). If you are concerned about the quality of an older wine, assess it just as you would a container of milk you’ve had opened a few days in your refrigerator.
Is Champagne from 1996 still good?
Current condition: Ready to drink
The 1996 Champagne vintage was widely recognized as very good, even brilliant.