World’s oldest champagne found from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea
July 26, 2010
In a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea, divers have found what is being thought to be the world’s oldest and most expensive drinkable champagne. Believed to be around 230 years old, each bottle found is expected to go for around $68,000
. Divers even tasted one of the bottles they had found 200 feet down in the Baltic Sea. The bottle is being thought of as part of a cargo that was to be delivered to the Russian court in the 1780s. Swedish champagne guide Juhlin said that the champagne is 98 percent sure to be from the French house of Veuve Cliquot, which was established in 1772. The champagne bottles were found off the coast of Aland, autonomous maritime province in Finland.
Diver Christian Ekstrom from Aland said…
I picked up one champagne bottle just so we could find the age of the wreck, because we didn't find any name or any details that would have told us the name of the ship.
After Ekstrom tasted the contents, he said…
It was fantastic... it had a very sweet taste, you could taste oak and it had a very strong tobacco smell. And there were very small bubbles.
Swedish wine expert Carl-Jan Granqvist says…
If the corks are intact and the sparkling drink is genuine and drinkable, each bottle could sell for around $68,000.
Currently, the 1825 Perrier-Jouët holds the title for the world’s oldest champagne.