How long can Champagne be stored and still be good to drink?

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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Can you please offer some advice on how long Champagne can be stored and still be OK to drink? I have some bottles that could be as old as 5 years. They have been kept in a cool, dry environment throughout.

—Chris, United Kingdom

Dear Chris,

I have a feeling your bubbly will be fine, since it’s been stored in a cool place. As I’ve written before, Champagne and other bubblies can really age well, especially the better ones. After a while, the carbonation starts to fade, the colors darken and the fresh fruit flavors evolve into toasty, nutty ones. But those changes would typically take place closer to the 10-year mark.

Plenty of bottles of bubbles are due to be purchased and enjoyed over the next few weeks, so you might also be interested in my storage tips and bubbly basics.

—Dr. Vinny

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