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Dan

I've recently received a bottle of Dom Perginon Vintage 1996 as a gift. Should I give it a few years in the cellar, or is this bottle ready for consumption now? (I have a big event coming up soon, so if it's ready now, I'd love to break it out).

Craig McGinty

Hi Dan
I'm afraid your question goes beyond my meagre knowledge of French wine.
I would suggest you drop in on the website of wine writer Jamie Goode, please see:
http://www.wineanorak.com/blog/index.htm
All the best, Craig

Jan W Mitchell

Dan!
Bit late I'm afraid! Maybe useful for the future! In essence, all Champagne or other sparkling wines, bottled, with the capsules undamaged are always "ready for consumption".
The question of whether you should "lay them down" is relative to your requirements,your wallet,your available space etc., but in general, if you can lay down for a while, then do so.
If you can lay down for a long time, then do so from an "investment" point of view, but only the well known brands and producers, and only if you really have good conditions of stockage.
(iwmpop)

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