All bottles sold by FineWine Collector.com. have been carefully
inspected upon their arrival. All bottles sold by us have wine fills
above the base of the neck and labels and corks in excellent condition,
unless otherwise noted.
fill level of a bottle (also called ullage – technically the air space
between the cork and the wine) can be very informative about the
condition of the wine.
Wine breathes through the cork as it
ages, adding complexity, mellowing tannins and lowering the fill level.
Also, some wine is absorbed by the cork as a part of the normal ageing
We believe that wines less than 20 years old should
have a wine fill at or above the base of the neck. Older wines should
have a wine fill at least High Shoulder to be considered in premier
condition. Wine fills at lower shoulder levels may still be fine,
depending on the age of the wine. We will never sell a wine with a fill
Below Shoulder. Such a fill level indicates the probability of a faulty
cork or poor wine storage at some point in the bottle’s past.
are two illustrations. The first represents a bottle shape from
Bordeaux. It is also the shape for most wine bottles around the world.
illustration below is a bottle shape for Burgundy. Because if its lack
of a well-defined shoulder, we describe its ullage in terms of distance
from the cork. The condition of Burgundy wines seems to be less
affected by ullage than the wines of Bordeaux. It is normal for a young
wine to have a fill level one inch or one and one half inches below the
cork. Older wines may naturally possess double the ullage of young