Ballantine Beer Leaderboard
Livenation Rise Against

Shipwrecked Wine Sells for $43,000

by Bruce of Brews on Jul 1, 2011 in Culture
Shipwrecked Wine Sells for $43,000

Late last year, 168 bottles of two-hundred year old champagne, along with a few bottles of beer were exhumed from a ship wreck off the coast of the Aaland Islands in the Baltic Sea.

Recently, the long lost libations have hit headlines again in an early June auction.

A bottle of the recovered Veuve Clicquot, sold for 30,000 Euros (around $43,000 USD) at an auction on June 3rd. The same bidder also purchased a bottle of since extinct Juglar for 24,000 Euros. The affluent buyer didn’t put this on his trophy shelf, however. A wine historian told a news agency afterwards that after tasting the early 19th century champagne, the price “proves the value of the wine and the prestige of the house," referring to the company that originally made it.

164 feet down, in pitch black, the ocean floor acted as a perfect wine cellar, preserving many of the bottles of wine and beer. The discovering team learned this quickly after a bottle of the champagne was popped during recovery and was still carbonated, leading them to believe that the yeast had survived after 200 years.

Some of the remaining bottles of beer were transferred to the Technical Research Center of Finland for testing. The main purpose was to find live yeast cells in attempt to reengineer the brew. However, a bottle opened last week by Finnish scientists had been contaminated by sea water, and no live yeast cells were found, although some live lactic acid bacteria were discovered.

Not to be discouraged, researchers plan on popping open another bottle in the near future for further testing.


Related Articles:

Wisconsin Breweries Get the Cold Shoulder

Recent Articles
Bacon Lovers Rejoice! The Pennsylvania Bacon Festival is Happening October 4
Exploring the Art of Cider Making with Greg Hall of Virtue Cider
Gene Muller and Flying Fish Brewing Co. Face the Heat of GABF Competition
spacer
From Around The Web

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Exploring the Art of Cider Making with Greg Hall of Virtue Cider

Exploring the Art of Cider Making with Greg Hall of Virtue Cider

Greg Hall, formerly of Goose Island, talked with us about the intricacies of cider making....read more ›

by Seanan Forbes Sep 30, 2014
Gene Muller and Flying Fish Brewing Co. Face the Heat of GABF Competition

Gene Muller and Flying Fish Brewing Co. Face the Heat of GABF Competition

How do local breweries prepare of the Great American Beer Festival? We sat down with Gene Muller of Flying Fis...read more ›

by Erica Bauwens Sep 29, 2014
SPONSORED
Perch Pub Brunch Rectangle
What's New and What To Do at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival

What's New and What To Do at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival

Where you one of the lucky few to get Great American Beer Festival tickets? Congrats!...read more ›

by Carrie Dow Sep 29, 2014
Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Philadelphia

Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Philadelphia

Slip into some lederhosen, don your dirndls and check out where festing will be going on around town...read more ›

by Drink Philly Sep 16, 2014
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the summer's sunshine, Philadelphia is full of great places to drink in the great outdoors....read more ›

by Polly Math Apr 7, 2014
30 Places to Find the Best Philadelphia Brunch Cocktails

30 Places to Find the Best Philadelphia Brunch Cocktails

In Philadelphia, brunch isn't just a portmanteau, it's a religion....read more ›

by Polly Math Feb 10, 2014
GABF Know-How: 10 Insider Tips for a Great Great American Beer Festival

GABF Know-How: 10 Insider Tips for a Great Great American Beer Festival

With more than 700 breweries and 3,500 beers on tap, the Great American Beer Festival in Denver can have your ...read more ›

by Nathan Solheim Sep 29, 2014
Long Beach Island Chowderfest Returns for 26th Year, Oct. 5

Long Beach Island Chowderfest Returns for 26th Year, Oct. 5

All the chowder you can eat and good drinks to boot!...read more ›

by Erica Bauwens Sep 26, 2014
Zavino in University City Updates Its Cocktail List for Fall

Zavino in University City Updates Its Cocktail List for Fall

The new seasonally inspired libations offer drinkers tastes of fall that pair perfectly with Zavino's wood-fired pizzas...read more ›

by Drink Philly Sep 26, 2014
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close