The Life Cycle of Champagne

August 22, 2018

How do you make an older wine taste younger? Or a younger wine taste older?

No, you can't rewind the clock. But in Champagne, you can reset it. Before the reset it ages one way; after it, another way. What happens at the reset point is disgorgement; and it means that a bottle of 2010 disgorged, for example, in 2016 and an identical bottle disgorged in 2020 will never again taste alike, no matter how long they are both aged for. It's like pruning a tree: it will go on growing, but differently. It will never be the old shape again.

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