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How long can I keep wine ?

Wine requires time to mature and express style and personality.

Wine needs protection from high/low temperature, high/low humidity, vibration, air suspension.

Once the bottle is kept in good condition such as in a wine cooler, maturation depends where the wine is coming from. The terroir, the specific weather, soil, grapes and wine making techniques have all a word to say. The name of the terroir, usually an AOC, is written on the label such as "appellation Saint Emilion controlée". Here are some advices from one terroir to another to tell you how long you can store wine.

Select your region from:
Alsace - Beaujolais - Bordeaux - Burgundy - Cotes du Rhone - Languedoc Roussillon - Loire - Provence and Corsica - South West - Others

French wine list  
Alsace  
ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER
ALSACE PINOT OU KLEVNER
ALSACE RIESLING
ALSACE SYLVANER
ALSACE TOKAY-PINOT GRIS
CREMANT D'ALSACE
 
5 to 10 years
2 to 5 years
up to 5 years
up to 5 years
2 to 6 years
up to 5 years
 
Beaujolais

BEAUJOLAIS
BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES
BROUILLY
CHENAS
CHIROUBLES
FLEURIE
JULIENAS
MORGON

MOULIN A VENT
REGNIE
SAINT-AMOUR

 
 
drink now
2 to 5 years
2 to 8 years
2 to 8 years
2 to 8 years
2 to 8 years
2 to 8 years
up to 10 years
up to 10 years
2 to 8 years
2 to 8 years
 
Bordeaux
BARSAC
BORDEAUX
BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
CANON-FRONSAC
COTES DE BOURG
COTES DE CASTILLON
COTES DE FRANCS
ENTRE-DEUX-MERS
FRONSAC
GRAVES Red
GRAVES White
HAUT-MEDOC
LALANDE DE POMEROL
LISTRAC-MEDOC
MARGAUX
MEDOC
MOULIS EN MEDOC
PAUILLAC
PESSAC LEOGNAN Red
PESSAC LEOGNAN White
POMEROL
PREMIERES COTES DE BORDEAUX
SAINT-EMILION
SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU
SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU CLASSE
SAINT-ESTEPHE
SAINT-JULIEN
SAUTERNES
 
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more than 50 years
2 to 5 years
2 to 6 years
4 to 10 years
2 to 5 years
2 to 5 years
4 to 8 years
1 to 3 years
3 to 8 years
6 to 20 years
3 to 12 years
5 to 10 years and more
5 to 12 years
up to 10 years
5 to 25 years
5 to 10 years
3 to 8 years
10 to 25 years
6 to 20 years
5 to 15 years
10 years up to 20 years
3 to 7 years
3 to 8 years
5 to 12 years
15 to 25 years and more
5 to 30 years and more
10 to 15 years
5 to 35 years and more
 
 
Burgundy
ALOXE-CORTON
BOURGOGNE Red
BOURGOGNE White
BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE
CHABLIS
CHABLIS PREMIER CRU

CHABLIS GRAND CRU

CHAMBERTIN
CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET Red
CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET White
CLOS DE VOUGEOT
CORTON
CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE
COTE DE BEAUNE Red
COTES DE BEAUNE White
COTE DE NUITS-VILLAGES

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN
GIVRY
LA TACHE
MAZIS-CHAMBERTIN
MEURSAULT
MONTRACHET
NUIT-SAINT-GEORGES
PETIT CHABLIS
POMMARD
POUILLY-FUISSE
RICHEBOURG
RULLY Red
RULLY White
VOLNAY
VOSNE-ROMANEE
VOUGEOT
 
 
 
5 to 15 years
2 to 8 years
1 to 5 years
Drink now
2 to 5 years
3 to 7 years
5 to 12 years
7 to 25 years
3 to 10 years
5 to 20 years
10 to 15 years
10 to 20 years
10 to 20 years and more
2 to 5 years
2 to 4 years
3 to 5 years
5 to 25 years
3 to 7 years
5 to 15 years
7 to 25 years
3 to 15 years
see Chassagne Montrachet
5 to 20 years
1 to 3 years
5 to 15 years
2 to 6 years
5 to 15 years
3 to 5 years
2 to 5 years
3 to 15 years
5 to 15 years
up to 10 years
 
Côtes du Rhône
CHATEAU-GRILLET
CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
CONDRIEU
COTE ROTIE
COTES DU RHONE Red
COTES DU RHONE White
COTES DU RHONE Rosé
COTES DU RHONE-VILLAGES
COTES DU VENTOUX
CROZES-HERMITAGE
GIGONDAS
HERMITAGE
VACQUEYRAS
 
 
5 to 15 years and more
5 to 20 years
2 to 4 years
8 to 15 years
2 to 5 years
1 to 3 years
drink now
2 to 6 years
1 to 3 years
2 to 6 years
3 to 12 years
10 to 20 years
5 to 10 years
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Languedoc Roussillon
CORBIERES
COSTIERES DE NIMES
COTEAUX DU LANGUEDOC
COTES DU ROUSSILLON
COTES DU ROUSSILLON-VILLAGES
FAUGERES
FITOU
MINERVOIS
SAINT-CHINIAN

 
 
3 to 7 years
2 to 6 years
2 to 6 years
2 to 5 years
2 to 6 years
2 to 4 years
2 to 4 years
2 to 5 years
3 to 6 years

 
Loire
ANJOU Red
ANJOU White
ANJOU Rosé
BOURGUEIL
COTEAUX DU LAYON
MUSCADET
POUILLY-FUME
SAINT-NICOLAS-DE-BOURGUEIL
SANCERRE
SAUMUR Red
SAUMUR Dry White
TOURAINE Red
TOURAINE White
TOURAINE Rosé
VOUVRAY Sweet
VOUVRAY Dry
VOUVRAY Semi-dry
VOUVRAY Sparkling
 
 
2 to 6 years
1 to 3 years
now to 2 years
3 to 10 years
10 to 20 years
now to 2 years
1 to 5 years
2 to 5 years
1 to 5 years
2 to 8 years
1 to 3 years
2 to 7 years
1 to 4 years
now to 2 years
up to 100 years
5 to 25 years
now to 2 years
1 to 4 years

 
Provence
and Corsica
BANDOL Red
BELLET Red
BELLET White
BELLET Rosé
COTES DE PROVENCE
 
Corse :

AJACCIO
PATRIMONIO Red
PATRIMONIO White
PATRIMONIO Rosé

 

4 to 8 years
up to 10 years
drink now
drink now
drink now
 
 
3 to 5 years
3 to 7 years
now to 3 years
now to 3 years

 
South West

BERGERAC Red
BERGERAC White

BERGERAC Rosé

BUZET
CAHORS
JURANCON
JURANCON SEC
MADIRAN
MONBAZILLAC

 
 
2 to 4 years
drink now
drink now
3 to 8 years
3 to 10 years
5 to 20 years and more
2 to 4 years
4 to 8 years and more
5 to 30 years and more

 
Others


ARBOIS Yellow Wine
CHATEAU-CHALON
JURA Yellow Wine
MOSELLE / COTES DE TOUL
PINEAU DES CHARENTES
VIN DE SAVOIE
CHAMPAGNE
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10 to 20 years 
up to 20 years
10 to 15 years
up to 5 years
up to 20 years and more
1 to 3 years
drink young, some vintages can age 10 to 15 years
 

 
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Protect wine from:

- Temperature (too warm or too cold)

- Vibration

- Light

- Humidity (too much or too less)

- No air circulation

How long can I keep a bottle of wine ?

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