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Champagne refrigerator

#1 Post by Ken McNamara » January 26th, 2019, 6:01 am

We are looking to buy a refrigerator specifically for Champagne sized bottles that can hold roughly 200-250 bottles. Does anyone have any brand/model recommendations?

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#2 Post by Jason T » January 27th, 2019, 5:50 pm

Take a look at LeCache.
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#3 Post by David Glasser » January 27th, 2019, 8:18 pm

The Le Cache racking will hold standard Champagne bottles but the fat-bottomed ones like Krug and Comtes won’t fit. They have to be stacked on top.

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#4 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » January 28th, 2019, 5:00 am

Dom and Cristal don’t fit in the bottom racks either, unfortunately
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#5 Post by scott c » January 28th, 2019, 10:27 am

Following this thread in case anyone has any good solutions...
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#6 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » January 28th, 2019, 11:20 am

There aren’t good options with that many bottles unless you custom build something; if you bought an old Le cache cabinet and had custom made racking that’s probably the cheapest way. I did find that many of the cheap 16 bottle coolers would fit almost all champagne except krug and Comtes.

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#7 Post by Victor Hong » January 28th, 2019, 11:46 am

Ask Mark B.
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#8 Post by C. Mc Cart » January 28th, 2019, 12:04 pm

Victor Hong wrote:
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#9 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » January 28th, 2019, 12:26 pm

One other option would be to buy one of those used Le cache cabinets that are constantly posted in cc and fill it with champagne bottles in Weinboxes like an off-site storage.

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#10 Post by Victor Hong » January 28th, 2019, 1:10 pm

C. Mc Cart wrote:
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#11 Post by David Glasser » January 29th, 2019, 12:45 am

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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Dom and Cristal don’t fit in the bottom racks either, unfortunately
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Interesting. Dom fits in my Le Cache racks but the bottles rub a bit going in.

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#12 Post by Andrew S. » January 29th, 2019, 1:10 pm

We've had a small Marvel unit for 20 years just off the kitchen. We bought it just before we built our cellar and it's never had a single issue other than the internal light failing. We haven't had much reason to keep it, but have because it's been so great.

It definitely does not accommodate Champagne bottles other than the bottom row.

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#13 Post by Ken McNamara » January 30th, 2019, 6:55 pm

Thanks for the input! Can't forget the "Special Club" size in the hard to fit list!!!

Might remove some of the 750 triple deep Vintage View wall mounts in our wine wall and replace with mag/Champagne sized mounts. I'll still buy a wine frig to help with the storage issue, but for typical 750's. If I find a frig that works best for Champagne bottles then I'll post it.

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#14 Post by scamhi » January 30th, 2019, 7:12 pm

it is so great for you to look for a specific champagne wine frig. I keep many of my champagne bottles upright on the floor of the cellar. some bottles fit on the racking Ulysse Collin, Selosse.

But not Taitt Comtes, Special Clubs, Bollinger, Krug, Ultramarine and Dom.
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#15 Post by Dennis Lopez » January 30th, 2019, 7:50 pm

This is my first post. I’ve been lurking on the site for years. I have a new model Le Cache Vault which I really like. When I purchased it, I thought it would fit all sized bottles except magnums. As others have mentioned it doesn’t fit the larger champagne bottles which I have placed in tubes on the top shelf. I’ve been doing research on another option for a cooler for champagne sized bottles. I’m locked in on purchasing a Eurocave. The shelves are adjustable to fit large champagne bottles. Problem is it doesn’t hold 200-250 bottles like you are looking for.

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#16 Post by Victor Hong » January 31st, 2019, 2:36 am

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This is my first post. I’ve been lurking on the site for years. I have a new model Le Cache Vault which I really like. When I purchased it, I thought it would fit all sized bottles except magnums. As others have mentioned it doesn’t fit the larger champagne bottles which I have placed in tubes on the top shelf. I’ve been doing research on another option for a cooler for champagne sized bottles. I’m locked in on purchasing a Eurocave. The shelves are adjustable to fit large champagne bottles. Problem is it doesn’t hold 200-250 bottles like you are looking for.
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#17 Post by scott c » March 14th, 2019, 9:35 am

I suppose one possible solution would be to replace a couple of shelves in a EuroCave with one of these and store the Champagne upright:

https://www.wineenthusiast.com/eurocave ... beech).asp
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#18 Post by David Glasser » March 14th, 2019, 10:54 am

Would removing one shelf make room? And could you then stack the bottles two rows high without overloading the weight capacity of the shelf?

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#19 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 14th, 2019, 11:33 am

What size tubes do ppl use for champagne bottles? That’s a very good idea.

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#20 Post by Dennis Lopez » March 14th, 2019, 11:35 am

I use the magnum sized tubes that I used to use in my offsite storage. It is the only way I can actually stack easily on the top shelf of my Le Cache Vault. I use the tubes for large champagne bottles.

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#21 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 14th, 2019, 11:38 am

What length do you use? 5”x30”?

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#22 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 14th, 2019, 11:43 am

If I wanted to go 2 deep, would 5 x 24” or 5 x 26” or do you need 5” for champagne bottles? Or no?

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#23 Post by Dennis Lopez » March 14th, 2019, 11:53 am

They are 5” x 24” I go 2 deep on mine. I bought them from the Wine Grotto in Pasadena when I used to store my wine there. I wanted to use a smaller tube, but quite a few of the champagnes I have just wouldn’t fit in the smaller diameter tubes

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#24 Post by Joshua Kates » March 14th, 2019, 12:00 pm

Dennis Lopez wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 11:53 am
They are 5” x 24” I go 2 deep on mine. I bought them from the Wine Grotto in Pasadena when I used to store my wine there. I wanted to use a smaller tube, but quite a few of the champagnes I have just wouldn’t fit in the smaller diameter tubes
Very helpful, Dennis, thanks,

Would help my top storage situation a lot!

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#25 Post by David Glasser » March 14th, 2019, 12:20 pm

Joshua Kates wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Dennis Lopez wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 11:53 am
They are 5” x 24” I go 2 deep on mine. I bought them from the Wine Grotto in Pasadena when I used to store my wine there. I wanted to use a smaller tube, but quite a few of the champagnes I have just wouldn’t fit in the smaller diameter tubes
Very helpful, Dennis, thanks,

Would help my top storage situation a lot!

I feel like I'm playing Jenga when loading or retrieving Champagne from the top shelf of my cellar. This is a brilliant solution, thank you!

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#26 Post by Dennis Lopez » March 14th, 2019, 12:26 pm

I felt the same way. I was only using the top bulk space for champagne, and I never felt comfortable stacking Krug or Dom bottles. They just didn’t fit well. The tubes made it so much easier.

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#27 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 14th, 2019, 2:21 pm

Ordered some; hopefully it’ll help with the champagne situation.

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#28 Post by lleichtman » March 14th, 2019, 3:56 pm

I keep all but my immediate drinkers off-site because I couldn't really accommodate them in any of my home units including La Cache and GE. I keep the ones for immediate drinking in the refrigerator.
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#29 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 15th, 2019, 4:42 pm

Those tubes are much longer than 24”; they do fit the larger bottles but don’t seem like they’ll save much space. Has anyone tested dom in the 4” tubes?
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#30 Post by Dennis Lopez » March 15th, 2019, 4:44 pm

The 4” tubes won’t fit Dom, Krug, Vilmart CDC or a few other vintage champagnes I have. I tried those before I went with the 5”

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#31 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 15th, 2019, 4:53 pm

Hm, I don't think that will work well in my le cache, unfortunately.

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#32 Post by Dennis Lopez » March 15th, 2019, 4:55 pm

I have the Le Cache Vault which is one of the bigger units meant for garages and spaces where you need more insulation

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