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Champagne undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle

Champagne undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle

Champagne undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle. To facilitate this, the vintner adds further yeast and sugar to the basic wine. After aging the bottles are undergo riddling (remuage) on special racks known as pupitres, and are regularly turned by hand, so that the yeast sediments settle in the neck of the bottle.

"A hint of apple, floral notes of lilac, or a spicy bouquet reminiscent of cinnamon." Wine connoisseurs use figurative descriptions to characterize the flavors and aromas found in the bouquet of a good wine. The grape variety, soil conditions and time of harvest all have a significant bearing on the wine's flavor, as does the extent and nature of the ageing processes. Delicate microbiological processes are responsible for the development of the flavor. Many continue even after the filling stage. Wine connoisseurs refer to this as bottle ageing, and it is this process that gives an outstanding taste to so many fine wines.

During bottle ageing, wine should be stored in a place where it is protected against ambient influences.

During bottle ageing, wine should be stored in a place where it is protected against ambient influences.

Bottle Ageing

Several substances in the wine, notably acids, tannins and colorants, interact with one another during the bottle ageing stage. It breaks down any intensive woody notes and enables fruity flavors to further develop. Depending on the type of wine, its full flavor can take years to develop. During this time, ambient influences such as airborne odors can distort the flavor of the wine, especially when stored on an open shelf in the kitchen. It is important to keep in mind that not every cellar is an ideal wine cellar.

Natural corks retain their quality at humidity levels of over 50%.

Natural corks retain their quality at humidity levels of over 50%.

The Secret to Successful Bottle Ageing

  • Wine develops its flavor best in bottles stored at a constantly cool temperature of between 50°F (10°C) and 54°F (12°C). Heat impairs the bottle ageing process and destroys fine flavour notes.
  • Oxygen, which usually penetrates bottles through dried-out corks, also impairs the ageing process.
  • A humidity level of over 50% keeps corks intact. The bottles remain fully sealed: The wine is protected.

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Whether you're a collector of fine wines or a spontaneous connoisseur, Liebherr's Vinidor, Grand Cru and Vinothek wine cabinets enable you to store your wines under optimum conditions.