BURGUNDY-, CHAMPAGNE- OR SIMILAR SHAPED BOTTLES
Owing to the slope of the shoulder it is impractical to describe levels
as mid-shoulder, etc. Wherever appropriate the level between the cork
and the wine will be measured and catalogued in centimetres.
The condition and drinkability of burgundy is less affected by ullage
than its equivalent from Bordeaux. For example, a 5 to 7 cm. ullage in
a 50-year-old burgundy can be considered normal, indeed good, 3.5 to 4
cm. excellent for the age. Even 7 cm. is rarely a risk.