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I have an Chateau Margaux 1962 bottle and I have never re-corked such an old bottle when the wine level has gone down a little. How would you go about this and what dosage is used for fine wine like this?

It is not a good idea to try to recork a wine like that by yourself. Trying to recork yourself puts your wine in jeopardy of oxidation and spoilage. Chateaux will do recorking when they have a large number of mature bottles that they wish to sell. As a consumer or collector it is best to let the wine age in perfect cellar conditions until you are ready to drink it. Then you remove the cork very carefully. That wine is no doubt reached maturity by this time and you may want to consider drinking it.  


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