How long to leave bottle upright for sediment to settle?

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How long to leave bottle upright for sediment to settle?

#1 Post by J Murphy » April 15th, 2019, 6:52 pm

Hello

I have a 2009 bottle of Bordeaux that has a fair amount of sediment in it. Its been lying on its side in my cellar.

How long should I let it stand upright for the sediment to settle before I open it?
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Re: How long to leave bottle upright for sediment to settle?

#2 Post by c fu » April 15th, 2019, 6:58 pm

surprised it'd have that much sediment. But a couple days should suffice at that age
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Re: How long to leave bottle upright for sediment to settle?

#3 Post by John Morris » April 16th, 2019, 9:05 am

c fu wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 6:58 pm
surprised it'd have that much sediment. But a couple days should suffice at that age
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At that age, I think standing it up a few hours ahead would be fine. It's only wines with lots of fine sediment that need to stand for days, and I can't imagine that fine sediment has developed in an '09 Bordeaux. It's more likely that it's material that wasn't filtered out at bottling, which should fall out quite quickly.
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Re: How long to leave bottle upright for sediment to settle?

#4 Post by Kelly Walker » April 16th, 2019, 9:23 am

Agree with John. It can be very wine specific. Old nebbiolo throws very fine sediment and can need weeks standing up.
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Re: How long to leave bottle upright for sediment to settle?

#5 Post by J. Rock » April 16th, 2019, 11:05 am

If I don't have a proper cellar (just a smaller wine fridge that's usually full), where's the best place for me to stand the bottle up if I needed to do it for a few days?
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Re: How long to leave bottle upright for sediment to settle?

#6 Post by PeterH » April 16th, 2019, 11:14 am

Room temperature is not going to hurt a 2009 Bordeaux for a few days. Just put it in the coolest location you have out of direct sunlight.
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