An update to a story we featured a year ago of the discovery of 168 bottles of champagne amongst a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea, a bottle has recently been sold at auction for a record €30,000 (approximately $43,900 USD), putting a lavish price on the priceless.
The Veuve Clicquot champagne – preserved perfectly because of the conditions of dark and cold on the seabed and reported to be the oldest in the world – was purchased by an anonymous bidder from Singapore, and as Veuve Clicquot historian Fabienne Moreau stated:
“This is an emotional bottle, because this is the wine of Madame Clicquot herself,” referring to Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin – the woman who ran the famous house in the 19th Century.
Experts believe that the haul from the shipwreck, which was made of up of 95 from the Juglar house, 46 as Veuve Clicquot and at least four as Heidsieck, dates from about 1825-1830. The sale beats the believed record for a bottle of wine, a 1959 Dom Perignon Rose which sold for €27,600 during 2008.