Buried treasure: the story of a century-old Champagne stash

The extraordinary tale of a stash of Champagne that was lost in 1900, found in 2018, and tasted this month – brought to you in pictures.

Picture credit: Pol Roger

Pol Roger lost as many as 1.5m bottles of Champagne – representing around half its stock at the time – after a period of heavy rain caused its underground cellars to cave in during the night on 23 February 1900, burying the fizz in wet chalk and clay.

Picture credit: Pol Roger

Both levels of Pol Roger’s facility on the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay were brought down, while part of its historic cellars caved in. Because it was the middle of the night, no-one was hurt, although Maurice Roger – son of the brand’s founder, Pol Roger – heard the collapse, and said it sounded as though two trains had collided.

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