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Closure Type

The type of closure used in the bottle has changed dramatically in the past 20 years or so. It has evolved from cork to cork composite, synthetic cork screw-top and now even glass stoppers.

So which is best for the wine? There are many that say cork is as it allow the wine wine breath and evolve better in the bottle, others say srewtops keeps the fresh aromatics of the fruit in the wine better, the debate continues...

The type of closure used in the bottle has changed dramatically in the past 20 years or so. It has evolved from cork to cork composite, synthetic cork screw-top and now even glass stoppers.

So which is best for the wine? There are many that say cork is as it allow the wine wine breath and evolve better in the bottle, others... read more.

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Our philosophy is simple. The winemaker knows their wine better than anyone, they know how the wine will evolve in bottle therefore they are best placed to decide what style of clouse is best.

The Purpose of a Closure

A good closure serves two purposes, it keeps liquid in the bottle and oxygen out. In recent years much publicity has been given to the problem of 'corked' wines. The wine industry estimates that as many as 3% to 7% are corked. Most people are not trained to recognise the smell and taste so only a very small fraction of these bad bottles are ever returned to the shop or sent back at a restaurant.

What is a 'Corked' Wine?

A 'Corked' wine is a wine that is contaminated with TCA (2,4,6-Trichloroanisole). TCA contamination usually comes from corks but can also come from barrels, other cooperage or even, apparently, from wood within the cellar including walls or beams. There are other causes of bad bottles of wine, but TCA contamination is the primary fault you will find in otherwise well-stored bottles.

How do I Know if a Wine is Corked?

Even the smallest amount of TCA can ruin a wine and it comes across as 'musty' aromas and flavours. TCA does not pose a health risk (at least in the levels found in wines), it just imparts the aromas and flavours that are objectionable. Wine is not the only product in which you can find TCA, it can also be found in some teas and water.

Combating TCA

A great deal of work continues in the cork industry, as well as at wineries, to develop methods to eliminate corked wine. So far, no completely reliable method has been found which is why some producers are moving to alternative forms of closures. Here we touch on the most common types of closures and explore the pros and cons of each.

 

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    Alain des Arbres, Carte Noire 75cl

    Exclusive to Weavers of Nottingham Creamy mousse with rich, delicate fruit flavours. A delightful champagne which has fullness and depth.

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    A refreshing and appealing champagne with soft character on the finish.

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  3. Bollinger, Special Cuvée

    Bollinger, Special Cuvée 75cl

    Superbly balanced and tremendously elegant champagne with a fine depth and flavour.

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  5. Gosset, Brut Excellence

    Gosset, Brut Excellence 75cl

    A champagne with a fine mousse, surprisingly rich aroma, beautifully complex and really elegant, combining freshness and an exquisite, fruity style.

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  6. Gosset, Grande Reserve

    Gosset, Grande Reserve 75cl

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  7. Joseph Perrier, Cuvée Royale Brut

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    This is a lovely fruity champagne with superb freshness which is balanced, elegant and has a wonderfully vibrant finish.

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    Pol Roger, Brut Reserve 75cl

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  11. Taittinger Nocturne Sec NV Special Edition 'City Light Boxed'

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    The colour is a brilliant, pale yellow with silvery highlights. The bubbles are fine and form a lasting and delicate mousse. The initial mineral aromas quickly develop into green, floral scents with hints of elderflower and spicy cinnamon overtones. Flavours are dominated by intense fresh citrus fruit which then give way to a much fuller, well-bodied and mellow taste with flavours reminiscent of white peaches in syrup.

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