Fill level

The fill level of the wine is the biggest factor in purchasing or selling a wine. A lower fill level indicates a dried out cork or a broken seal due to a faulty cork. Even wines corked around 1900 can still have a high fill level, which would indicate excellent storage.

We differentiate between eight different fill levels

High Fill (HF)

  • Very good condition
  • Bottle probably quite young or closure yet optimal
  • Safely buy / drink

Into Neck (IN)

  • Good condition
  • Bottle probably young or closure still very good
  • Safely buy / drink

Top Shoulder (TS)

  • Acceptable condition when bottle > = 20 years old
  • Safely buy

Upper Mid Shoulder (UMS)

  • State is advised in the caution
  • Normal for bottles > = 30 years old
  • Slight oxidation risk
  • Be careful when buy

Mid Shoulder (MS)

  • Ageing cork
  • Bottle presumably > = 40 years old
  • Oxidation is not unlikely
  • Increased caution when buying

Lower Mid Shoulder (LMS)

  • Ageing cork
  • Bottle presumably > = 40 years old
  • Increased oxidation risk
  • Great caution when buying

Low Shoulder (LS)

  • Only acceptable in rare and very old wines
  • New corking would already have to pass
  • Very high oxidation risk
  • Purchase at your own risk

Below Shoulder (BS)

  • Oxidation- risk close to 100%
  • Buy only in special cases