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Pol Roger unearths Champagne from 1890s

In February 2018, Pol Roger unearthed bottles of its Champagne from the nineteenth century which had been buried beneath its facilities in Epernay for the past 118 years.

According to a story published by L’Union , cellar master of Pol Roger, Dominique Petit, discovered 22 in-tact bottles of Champagne believed to be from the 1898 vintage in a sealed-off cellar.

Pol Roger was aware that there could be bottles from the nineteenth century buried beneath its facilities, and, using sonar technology, subsequently detected a cavity beneath its site on the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay.

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

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