Shipwrecked Champagne in historic tasting

30th May, 2012 by db_staff

A bottle of Veuve Clicquot thought to date from 1839, found on a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic in 2010 has been part of a tasting of old vintages at Veuve Clicquot’s Hôtel du Marc headquarters in Reims, writes Giles Fallowfield.

Jacques Peters (Dominique Demarville’s predecessor) holding the Baltic bottle

At the tasting there were eight wines to try starting with the yet unreleased 2008 Yellow Label white and rosé bases, continuing with La Grande Dame Rosé 1988 (magnum); La Grande Dame 1962; Yellow Label 1953 in magnum; Vintage Rosé 1947; Vintage 1904 and finally the wine from the Baltic, Clicquot’s archivists believe dates from 1839.

This bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne had been lying at the bottom of the Baltic Sea in….

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