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Saturday, July 17, 2010

230 year old champagne found in shipwreck in the Baltic Sea

Sunken treasure never tasted so good.

Divers earlier this week discovered about 30 bottles of centuries-old champagne in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. It is thought to be the world's oldest drinkable champagne.

The bubbly possibly dates back to the 1780s and is believed to be the top brand Veuve Clicquot.

It has remained perfectly preserved 180 feet deep on the seabed and "tasted fantastic," according to one wine expert.

Each bottle could be worth as much as $65,000 or more a piece if the authenticity can be verified. Samples have been sent to laboratories in France for testing.

A group of Swedish divers made the tasty find on July 6 off Aaland Island, midway between Sweden and Finland.

Aaland wine expert Ella Cromwell-Morgan tasted the find, which she described as dark golden in color with an intense aroma.

"I still have a glass in my fridge and keep going back every five minutes to take a breath of it," she said. "I have to pinch myself to believe it's real."

One going theory is that the bubbly was part of consignment sent by King Louis XVI to Peter the Great that never reached its destination.

"If it's really Louis XVI's wine," Cromwell-Morgan said, "it could fetch several million."