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Amorim helps recork salvaged Champagne

Published:  23 November, 2010

Cork producer, Amorim, has assisted in the preservation of the 200-year-old Champagne discovered on the Baltic seabed by developing a new stopper to the specifications of the antique bottles.

Specialist consultants to the Åland Government asked Amorim to assist in the re-corking process after 168 bottles were recovered from the shipwreck in July.

Amorim's technical Champagne team worked with experts from French Champagne house Veuve Clicquot and Åland authorities, advising on the complex process of replacing the old cork stoppers with new ones.

The company also provided special manual bottling machines that allowed the recovery team to insert the new corks at a location as close as possible to the shipwreck site, which was considered important in terms of minimising the impact the recovery would have on the quality of the Champagne.

Head of Amorim's technical champagne team, Ernesto Sa Pereira, said: "Amorim was honoured when asked to play an important role in the recovery and preservation of this unique Champagne. Great consideration and care was put into the development of the natural cork stoppers that are now sealing and preserving some of this liquid history."