Re-corkage of vintage wines with natural cork and rendition of expert opinions
Rare wines intended for a long ageing may require replacement of natural cork.
Like other products made of natural materials, corks are subject to aging. In course of time, they almost inevitably get wet, and sometimes lose the structure stability, become loose and begin to crumble. Therefore, upon reaching of a certain age of wine (usually 15–20 years) it is recommended to replace the cork. This process requires special equipment which guarantees that air will not penetrate into the bottle, and experienced professionals. Sometimes, to replace the cork, the bottle is sent to the vineyard where the wine was produced. However, this is not always possible or advisable.
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In the process of corcaging wines examination is being conducted (description of organoleptic characteristics: transparency, color, bouquet, taste, typicallity), definition of diseases and defects (if any). This allows to issue opinions on quality and potential of wines, as well as recommendations on gastronomic combinations and the present value of the collection, based on similar proposals of wine market.