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Cork's out for Champagne house

Published:  17 April, 2009

The future of the sparkling-wine cork is being questioned after the first Champagne house moves to replace the traditional cork with a revolutionary metal closure.

It's reported that Duval-Leroy will break from history by introducing a metal closure that will make the same sound as when a traditional cork is being removed from the bottle.

Plans are being made to present the new closure at the International Wine Trade Fair in May, on a limited amount of Duval-Leroy's clos de Bouveries with the aim of testing the market's reaction.

Manufacturing an enclosure to withstand the pressure that builds up in the bottle has previously presented difficulties.

If the experiment is successful it will be a first time in Champagnes 350 year history that it has been sold without a cork.