Divers Find Ancient Champagne in Finland

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Divers have found bottles on a wreck at 55 metres in the Baltic sea containing what is thought to be the oldest drinkable champagne in the world, made in the late 18th century. “I picked up one champagne bottle just so we could find the age of the wreck, because we didn’t find any name or any details that would have told us the name of the ship,” diver Christian Ekstrom said. He said that the divers opened the cork and were surprised to find that the contents tasted great – described as very sweet with a tobacco and oak taste.

The shape of the champagne bottle indicates that it is from the 1780s and experts have suggested that each bottle could be worth tens of thousands of dollars if they are intact and drinkable.

The government of the Åland Islands has since banned diving in the area until the end of the year.