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Dear Dr. Vinny,
Is fine Champagne supposed to keep its sparkle as it ages? The few experiences I've had with my own aged bottles of better Champagnes have shown maturation of the wine, but significantly less bubbles. Is my experience typical?
—Bill W., Scarsdale, N.Y.
Yes, your experience is typical. Carbonation fades over time, which might be a bummer to those who love sparkling wine for its "sparkling" quality. However, many people enjoy the creamier, subtler texture of these wines. Well-aged Champagne will also turn a deeper color and develop nutty, honey, biscuity and toffee-like mature flavors.
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