Actually, seems like I spent my day signing death certificates–three from the weekend. I don’t want to come home to that either. But I’ve resisted drinking these HN leakers (mine from 08) early so far. Wish me luck.
Seriously - if they are leaking from much too warm shipping, they are compromised anyway, it really doesn´t matter if you open it soon or in years to come … even there´s the hope that they somehow recover a bit …
And if they are leaking due to very high fill … it doesn´t matter even less … they are ok and opening would be a waste.
OK, if one has several leaking bottles, and opens ONE just to see if there is an issue … this I do understand.
I think the 2010s for the most part have high fills and show signs of leakage. Every 2010 HN Vosne and Chambolle I’ve tried (10-12 or so) had the cork stained all the way up. They also develop that puffy capsule after a few months to support the high gas argument (bit reduced so I don’t know if it is CO2 or sulfur).
This! This is a temperature phenomena however. Just doesn’t require over 85F like fluid expansion. The partial pressure of the CO2 is probably reaching near champagne levels in the headspace. Nice preservative. This is the downside however. He should probably think about using the champagne crown caps with the metal cage.