Moet & Chandon wine quality manager Marie-Christine Osselin recently told HuffPost that keeping your beloved bubbly in the refrigerator is doing it a disservice.
“If you’re planning to enjoy your bottle of Champagne (or sparkling wine) within three to four days of the purchase, it is fine to store the bottle in the refrigerator,” Osselin said.
But just don’t leave it any longer.
“If it sits in the fridge for weeks, the cork can dry out due to no humidity,” she said.
“As corks dry out, the seal between the bottle and the cork loosen up and the Champagne will oxidize faster, changing its aromas.”
So for best results, store your Champagne in a cool, dark spot and place it on ice around 15 minutes before serving it.
But if you’ve still got a bottle languishing in the fridge? Well, there’s no better excuse to drink it ASAP.