Moët & Chandon is perhaps the oldest and today one 0f the largest producers of champagne. They have been making the fizzy drink since 1743 and have grown stronger over the centuries. They have the largest vintage collection that they release continually. 170 year old champagne was once recovered from a shipwreck.Recently they had auctioned a deluxe casket filled with bottles of the prominent Grand Vintage 1911 that fetched $10,000 a bottle. It was something like the Moet chandon gift box. They have now put up some more hundred year old bottles for auction in Australia. Mossgreen one of the renowned auction houses of Australia handled the auctions in Melbourne.
Six bottles of 100 year old Moët & Chandon champagne was made available to the bidders. The auction was held for the benefit of The Shane Warne Foundation during a dinner at Palladium ballroom. This was part of the eleven auctions held around the world on 11.11.11. Stewart Langton from the auction house was at hand to explain the significance of old champagne. It is the most difficult of wines to collect. Storage is very important when it comes to champagne. It is very difficult to ensure that nothing goes wrong over a century.
The six bottles on auction had survived two world wars without being disturbed. It is difficult to imagine that a collection of bottles of such old vintage could be made available for auction again. Moet et Chandon’s chief vigneron declared the 1911 harvest ”annee memorable”. Out for tasting after hundred years, it was declared an absolutely stunning champagne. The entire proceeds of the auction is supposed to go to the foundation for charity. The auctions are expected to see prices going beyond the pre sales estimates of $10,000 per bottle.