Around 70 bottles of what is believed to be a 200-year old champagne lie mostly undamaged at 50 meters deep [roughly 164 feet] south of the Aland Islands.
According to Rainer Juslin, permanent secretary of the island’s ministry of education, science and culture, “The first bottle was brought to the surface in mid-July. We believe this is the oldest champagne in the world.”
Juslin added the ship carrying the cargo may have been Finnish or another Scandinavian ship en route from Copenhagen, Denmark, to St Petersburg, Russia, between 1800 and 1830. He also specualted that the bottles of champagne could have been possibly sent by France’s King Louis XVI to the Russian Imperial Court.
“Champagne of this kind was popular in high levels [of society] and was exclusive to rich groups — it was not a drink for common people then,” Juslin said.
He also said the cold sea water was a perfect way to store the vintage bubbly, with the temperature remaining a near-constant 4-5 degrees Celsius [around freezing temperature in Fahrenheit, or 32 degrees] and no light to expedite the spoiling process.