Divers discover 18th-century bubbly
Published 18/07/2010 | 05:22
Divers have discovered what is thought to be the world's oldest drinkable champagne in a 200-year-old shipwreck under the Baltic Sea.
Dive instructor Christian Ekstrom said the champagne, believed to be from the 1780s, "tasted fantastic".
Mr Ekstrom said he is "98% sure" of the champagne's age, having conferred with experts.
About 30 bottles are believed to remain in the wreckage.
Swedish wine expert Carl-Jan Granqvist said each bottle could fetch 50,000 euro (£42,000) if the corks are intact and the champagne is still drinkable.
The bottles were discovered near the Aland islands, in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden.