Friday, July 23, 2010

World's Oldest Champagne Discovered

It's been a week of extremes. In addition to the World's Most Crazy-Alcoholic Beer That Also Comes Out of a Squirrel, there is also a story about the World's Oldest Champagne being discovered.

30 bottles of Champagne were recovered from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. It is believed that the wine was made by Clicquot in the 1780s. The bottles have been shipped back to France for testing, but if confirmed, this will be the oldest drinkable Champagne in existence, and each bottle could fetch about $69,000 at auction.

The wine was well-preserved thanks to the dark, cold conditions of the seabed. The divers who discovered the treasure popped a bottle and sampled it (and wouldn't you?), calling it "fantastic."

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