jamie goode's wine blog: Closures in the news

Friday, April 17, 2009

Closures in the news

The subject of wine bottle closures has hit the UK media today - many leading newspapers carried a story on Duval-Leroy's plans to use a new, unspecified metal-based closure for some of its Champagnes. An example of the coverage is here.

The exact closure is a mystery - one that will be revealed at the London trade fair next month. I'm a bit confused, though. For Champagne, the closure has to be mushroom shaped, and currently the only closures found on Champagne are natural cork and Mytik (the Diam version of the Champagne cork). As far as I know, you simply aren't allowed to use crown cap - or, if such a closure could be devised, a type of screwcap - on Champagne.

It will be interesting to see what Duval-Leroy have in mind - and they have done brilliantly attracting all this media attention without even specifying what they're planning to use.



At 4:34 AM, Blogger ned said...

"if such a closure could be devised, a type of screwcap"

Jamie, I really don't post to be impertinent, but screwcaps have been in widespread use for carbonated beverages for decades. That was the innovation the ended the reign of the crown cap.
Billions of liters of all manner of sodas are closed
this way. It has been an option for a long time. The great barrier is a marketing one.

At 8:09 AM, Blogger Late said...

How about the corks in some of the piccolo bottles of champagne? Some do have a screw cap kind of a system in them and that is not forbidden.

At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Doug said...

Crown cap is traditional in Veneto for Prosecco and in Emilia Romagna for sparkling wines such as Lambrusco and Trebbiano. And not just the cheap wines, but some quality estates.

At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Charles205xs said...

I'm pretty sure I've had a bottle of champagne with a crown cap - around 2002, small producer, can't remember the name.

At 1:10 PM, Blogger Warren EDWARDES said...

How many bars of CO2 pressure do lagers and Coca Cola have?


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