Aged prosecco: is it the new stylish alternative to champagne?

While most champagnes only become better with age, prosecco tends to be better while it still has its freshness and fizz. Prosecco should only be aged for up to 3 years and this article will explain why.

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Why is it better not to age prosecco?

Prosecco is often a refreshing (and cheaper!) sparkling alternative to champagne, so much so that it’s hard not to pop open the bottle straight away. While champagne always tends to be at its best after a few years, most bottles of prosecco are made to be drunk immediately. Why? Well, here’s the science behind it. In champagne production, the required grapes are harvested while their acidity is still high. This is what becomes the key to an aged fizz. Prosecco, on the other hand, has a higher sugar to acid ratio than champagne, meaning that its potential to age is much lower. Age prosecco for too long and you’ll lose the freshness and fruitiness of the wine, leaving it to go stale. It’ll be just as if you’ve left it out on the bench without a cork all night.
You will know if your prosecco is too aged when pouring it

How to choose the right prosecco and how to tell if it’s gone stale

Don’t worry, all of this doesn’t mean that you have to drink your bottle of prosecco right now. Whichever brand you choose, all prosecco can be drunk up to a year after its vintage (the year on the label) and it will still have its youthful bubbles. Another way your prosecco can become stale or “go off” is by exposing it to extremes of heat, humidity and light. When it comes to pouring, watch out for the wine being too yellow or even brownish, or if it has very little sparkle. If this is the case, the likelihood is your prosecco will taste flat, vinegary and dull and this means you’ll have to pop to the store for another!