Divers exploring a wreck off the coast of Finland have uncovered what some experts are suggesting is the oldest champagne in history. In the Baltic Sea, diver Christian Edstrom from Aland and his colleagues happened upon the champagne which appears to be from as early as the late 18th century. So, what did they do? They popped it open.
Reuters reports he said, "It was fantastic… it had a very sweet taste, you could taste oak and it had a very strong tobacco smell. And there were very small bubbles.”
Pending the precise dating of this champagne, the current oldest champagne on the planet comes in the form of two bottles of Perrier-Jouet dated from 1825. A Swedish champagne specialist, though, told a local newspaper that he believed the champagne was of the make Veuve Cliquot, and could be from the late 18th century. If that were true, the bottles could be worth around $68,000 apiece. They’re continuing to search, and they don’t know for certain how many bottles the wreck may contain.