Pol Roger could unearth stash of Champagne from nineteenth century

2nd February, 2018 by Patrick Schmitt

Pol Roger is to find out in the next few days whether a stash of nineteenth century Champagne lies beneath its site in Epernay, which, it is believed, was trapped underground following a cellar collapse in this month, 118 years ago.

On 23rd February 1900, part of Pol Roger’s cellars and the buildings collapsed, causing the loss of five hundred casks and 1.5 million bottles

In February 1900, after heavy rains in Champagne, Pol Roger’s cellar on the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay caved in, bringing down both levels of the facility, and destroying as well as burying the equivalent of two million bottles of Champagne – barrels of wine were lost as well as bottles.

The site of this catastrophe is now….

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2 Responses to “Pol Roger could unearth stash of Champagne from nineteenth century”

  1. Michael Quirk says:

    Really do hope that this is a happy ending and a fitting farewell for the Chef de Cave.

  2. Helen Bryant says:

    I am directing a play that is set in 1898 which requires Champagne bottles as props. Can you inform me as to what colour bottles I would need to use and the style of label?.
    Thanking you in anticipation
    Helen Bryant

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