Welcome to the enchanted world of sparkling wines and best champagne! Imagine savouring every delicate bubble of a vintage champagne that sparkles as if it has just been opened, even after decades of ageing in the bottle.
Well, it turns out that bottle size plays a crucial role in this effervescent adventure, and some exciting new findings have just been revealed thanks to research by ACS Omega.
Bigger bottles, longer shelf life
Researchers have been exploring the mystery of how long champagne and sparkling wines can be stored in sealed bottles. One of the most fascinating findings is that the size of the bottle has a significant impact on how long these drinks retain their effervescence. More specifically, larger bottles preserve bubbles better than their standard-sized counterparts.
The magic of carbonation
The secret of best champagne’s effervescence lies in carbonation, which occurs during a second fermentation inside the bottles. This reaction between the yeast, sugar and wine generates carbon dioxide (the bubbles) and additional alcohol. Although the yeasts die within a few months, complex aromas develop over the years, even decades, as the bottles age undisturbed.
However, over time, the drink loses carbon dioxide, which slowly escapes through the corks or sealed metal capsules. This is where bottle size comes into play.
Bottle size and bubble retention
Researchers measured carbon dioxide levels in different bottles of best champagne aged for several decades. They found that the amount of gas inside the bottles decreased as the years went by. For example, the oldest vintage, 1974, lost almost 80% of its carbonation.
However, an intriguing discovery emerged: there is a direct correlation between the size of the bottle and the level of carbon dioxide. In other words, larger bottles preserve bubbles considerably better than smaller ones.
Estimating shelf life
Based on their observations, the researchers developed a formula for estimating the shelf life of a bottle, i.e. how long a vintage best champagne would retain its ability to produce bubbles when poured into a glass. The results are fascinating: a shelf life of 40 years for 750-millilitre bottles, 82 years for 1.5-litre bottles and 132 years for 3-litre bottles. After these periods, champagne risks losing its bubbles.
An innovative solution to preserve bubbles
But what if you don’t intend to keep your best champagne for decades and simply want to extend the shelf life by a few days after opening? Here’s where Bubbl. technology comes in.
Bubbl. offers an ‘intelligent cork’ that regulates pressure and allows the champagne bottle to be hermetically resealed after opening. In addition, a dispensing gun transports oenological gas and compresses the existing carbon dioxide (the bubbles) in the bottle of champagne while protecting it from oxidation.
With this simple, effective and affordable method, you can extend the life of your favourite champagne or sparkling wines for a full week after opening the bottle, preserving those precious bubbles and their fresh taste.
In short, whether you’re a seasoned champagne collector or simply a lover of sparkling bubbles, bottle size and new technologies like Bubbl. allow you to prolong the effervescent experience and savour every drop of these divine wines for many years to come.
Bubbly yours !