In July 2010, unique bottles of Champagne were disovered in a shipwreck off the Åland Islands of Finland, at the mouth of the Baltic Sea. Having survived nearly two centuries at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, the contents of the bottles are extremely well preserved. Following a successful salvage operation of 145 bottles, which 47 were Veuve Clicquot Champagne, one of the bottles of this world’s oldest drinkable champagne was sold.
This discovery is fabulous for the House Veuve Clicquot and is a testimony of the uncompromising quality of the wines since the origins of the House.
The landmark sale took place in Mariehamn, Åland, where the Government of Åland, owner of the bottles, auctioned one of the shipwreck bottle of Veuve Clicquot along with 15 special lots offered directly from Veuve Cliquot's cellars. In consistency with Veuve Clicquot values, the entire financial surplus from the bottles that were sold at the auction was earmarked for charitable causes, such as maritime history, and the aquatic environment of the Baltic Sea.
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