Oldest Champagne Found in Shipwreck off Finland

A group of divers operating in the Baltic Sea have stumbled upon what could be the oldest champagne in the world. It is believed that the new discovery made by the divers could be of late 18th century vintage. The divers exploring an old ship wreck could not find any identifiable markings  and hence picked up a bottle to help date the ship wreck.

Christian Ekstrom was the diver in question who said “it was fantastic” after tasting the champagne. He also said that it had very little bubble but tasted sweet and had strong tobacco smell. The shape of the bottle indicates that it was produced between 1772 and 1785. The experts are 98 % sure that the champagne was produced by Veuve Clicquot and it was probably being shipped to St Petersburg which was the capital of Russia at the time.

Perrier Jouet had the oldest champagne with them till now as some of the bottles in their cellar date back to 1825. It is still not very clear how many bottles are there in the wreckage. A Swedish champagne specialist, Richard Juhlin, has said that if the bottles are actually of the 18th century vintage then they could cost as much as $68,000 per bottle. The wreck site is just off Aland which an autonomous part of Finland.

Via: Luxury-Insider

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