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Posted: 11/23/2012 6:42:44 PM EST
I have a bottle of Chateauneuf-De-Pape from 1996 that spent a few years in a closet that may have reached 90* or so occasionally in the summers. I think it was exposed to those temperature fluctuations for about 6 years.

My concern is that the cork cover (some foil or whatever it is) had swelled. This may not be a big deal, but here is a pic:


Pic of bottle label:


Should this be OK to drink?
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 6:44:26 PM EST
I think it might not be at it's peak...but it is at a decently high alcohol percent I don't think it is "bad". Also I am drinking red wine right now, and I am classy as fuck.
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 6:45:44 PM EST
It was definitely not stored optimally.

However, I would wager that it would still be safe to drink and may be "ok".

Link Posted: 11/23/2012 6:47:36 PM EST
Only one way to know for certain
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 6:47:50 PM EST
Are they chilled at the L store?
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 6:50:16 PM EST
I would think it would have gone bad by now.
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 6:50:30 PM EST
Might not taste that great. Better drink it now before it gets worse.
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 6:52:13 PM EST
its likely damaged since the cork is pushed

drink it now, but dont expect it to be amazing...but should be drinkable
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