The world’s oldest champagne found on Åland

What is believed to be the world’s oldest champagne was recently found on Åland, the semi-independent group of island between Finland and Sweden in the Baltic Sea. Divers found a cache of bottles in an old ship wreak. The 30 bottles are thought to come from Veuve Clicquot and date back to between 1782 and 1788. Who will have title to the find is still uncertain.

The divers cracked open a bottle to taste the bubbly and commented, according to Reuters/BBC that “it tasted fantastic” with flavours of oak and a strong character of tobacco. Does not sound like the most delicious champagne perhaps, but what can you expect after more than 200 years.

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