What is the oldest champagne in the world worth?

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How much would you be willing to pay for a bottle of champagne that is almost two centuries old? A few days ago, eight bottles of what is considered the oldest champagne in the world were sold at an auction held in Âland (Finland). The total sum that was obtained by them amounts to the figure of ninety-six thousand five hundred euros, an amount that makes you dizzy just thinking about it.

At the beginning of the 19th century (the exact date has not been ascertained) a ship with a special cargo was wrecked off the coast of the Âland archipelago, between Sweden and Finland. Where it was headed and what was the cause of its sinking is unknown. In July 2010 it was found by divers, who discovered a batch of 145 bottles of champagne in perfect condition.

Still bearing in mind the recent anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I confess that all these stories of sunken ships especially move me and pose a multitude of questions at the same time. What really happened? Who did the champagne bottles belong to? What was their destiny? The experts have explained that the excellent conservation of the bottles has been possible due to the low temperatures and the darkness that prevails at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

In November 2010, a group of winemakers and specialized journalists were able to taste the rescued champagne. One of the lucky ones, French winemaker Francois Hautekeur, said at the time that the champagne had "a roasted aroma, with notes of coffee, and a very pleasant taste with details of flowers and lemon." I understand that for an expert like him it must be the most exciting to be able to taste a sparkling wine from the oldest vintage today, call me rare if you want, but I don't know if I would have taken advantage of that opportunity to have had it.

Despite the fact that the figure obtained in the auction may seem exorbitant, it seems that it has disappointed the organizers of the same who planned to beat the world record. And it is that the crisis is present in all social strata. The only thing that consoles me to know the exorbitant sum paid for the oldest champagne in the world, is that the Ârland authorities have announced that it will go to the protection of marine ecosystems. It's something.

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