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How do you know if your wine is corked?

Comment savoir si votre vin est bouchonné ?

When you open your bottle of wine, you may have good surprises, and other less good ones such as the possibility of having a corked wine. This phenomenon is feared by all wine lovers. In this article, we explain to you how to know if your wine is corked and how to recover it?

How do you know if the wine is corked?

The first characteristic of a corked wine remains the smell. Indeed, the smell of corked wine does not go unnoticed. It's a smell of cork fumes, damp cardboard, wet earth and musty.It’s a very unpleasant smell that can make us want to quickly throw away our bottle of wine. Wine lovers, we do not recommend this technique. First of all, you have to taste the wine, because we can have wines with corks with no odor which will be bad and other wines with a unpleasant odor, but nevertheless acceptable.

To go into more detail, a corked wine is linked to TCA bacteria.

What is the risk of drinking corked wine?

First of all, you should know that the TCA molecule is only present in minimal quantities in a corked wine. This molecule therefore represents no danger to your health.As we saw in the previous paragraph, a corked wine smells very unpleasant. It is not advisable to drink it unless you like the musty taste.

Another important information is to differentiate between a corked wine and an expired wine. A particular smell is not necessarily a sign of corked wine. Although expired wine is not fatal, it can cause many inconveniences such as nausea, vomiting or headaches. If you have any doubts, seek expert advice.

What to do with a corked wine?

Firstly, if it is an Aubert & Mathieu wine, we invite you to keep the cork and contact us via the address contact@aubertetmathieu.com La first solution that we recommend is decant your wine, at least an hour, hoping that the magic happens. You can also use your corked wine for cooking. It is still recommended to use it in long-simmering dishes to reduce cork taste as much as possible. For example, you can make a boeuf bourguignon.

Our final solution is to simply say goodbye to your wine and carefully pour it into your sink.