Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Divers discover 18th-century bubbly

Divers have found what they think is the world's oldest champagne, in a shipwreck

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.

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