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Does Capsule Integrity Affect Long Term Aging?

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Does Capsule Integrity Affect Long Term Aging?

Porthos | Jul 2, 2011 04:00 PM

I know that back in the day wines were aged without a foil capsule. I recently purchased some wine at auction with scratched up and perforated capsules but the cork is in excellent condition. I was wondering if this would adversely affect the aging process/ability? Especially since these wines are meant to be kept another 10-20 years before consumption. My guess is that it shouldn't make a difference but I thought that I would ask just in case.

As a followup to the question, if it doesn't make a difference, then wouldn't it be wise to cut away the capsule on all my wines so I can more easily monitor the cork status?

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