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Baltic shipwreck find includes 19th century Veuve Clicquot

Published:  19 November, 2010

Veuve Clicquot has confirmed that the Champagne shipment discovered on a wreck at the bottom of the Baltic sea last July includes Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

The Champagne house took a keen interest in the discovery last July when it was announced that a wreck containing presumably the oldest bottles of drinkable Champagne had been found. A close analysis of the first bottle salvaged dated it to the first third of the 19th Century.

On a routine re-corking operation, François Hautekeur, a member of the Veuve Clicquot winemaking team, and Fabienne Moreau, house historian, were able to identify Veuve Clicquot branding on the inside of a cork, as the bottles have no labels.

Three bottles so far have been determined to be Veuve Clicquot, and there is a strong likelihood that more will be identified in the coming weeks.

The operation took place in presence of Champagne specialist Richard Juhlin, who was able to taste the wine contained in the bottles.

"The Clicquot is a bit drier, more Riesling-like. Colour with hints of green that also is shown by the refined and elegant notes of lime peel and white flowers and linden blossom. Underneath the slightly spicy and toasty layer and a bouquet close to brie de Meaux. Incredible freshness and almost like a very old Rheingau Auslese".