Wine experts today popped the corks of two bottles of champagne recently salvaged from the bottom of the Baltic Sea, where they had lain in a sunken ship for nearly 200 years.
They gently eased the fragile corks from the dark brown bottles – one from the house of Veuve-Clicquot and the other from the now extinct house of Juglar, in front of an large audience of reporters and wine enthusiasts in the capital of the autonomous Finnish province of Aaland.
The first taste went to Richard Juhlin, one of the world’s foremost champagne experts, who could not hold back an appreciative “Ah!”
He described the Juglar as “more intense and powerful, mushroomy” and the Veuve-Clicquot as more like Chardonnay, with notes of “linden blossoms and lime peels”.
As the contents were poured into rows of waiting glasses for others, the aroma was more pungent than any modern wine or champagne: a thick, nose-wrinkling and quite cheesy bouquet that could be smelled several yards away.
Read the full story in the “Courier Mail” also source of photo’s.
Fancy finding Champagne in a shipwreck, I don’t know if I would be game to taste it, but I don’t drink at all, so that’s not surprising. I’m sure there are a lot of people that would love to have a glass of this Champagne. They said in the article that it was going to be auctioned, they think it will sell for about Aus$135,000. Well I don’t know much about Champagne, but for that amount of money, I’d want some pure gold or something with it.