The BBC reported today that the world’s oldest champagne---an 1825 bottle of Perrier-Jouet, bottled a dozen years before Victoria became a Queen---has been opened.
The twelve wine experts lucky enough to sample the ancient bubbly declared it quite drinkable, and better-tasting than younger counterparts. The head of Sotheby’s international wine department, Serena Sutcliffe, who helped organise the tasting event, said that she preferred the 1825 champagne “to later vintages we tasted, dating from 1846, 1848 and 1874."
She added that it was impossible to assign a value to the bottle, since nothing like it has ever come onto the market. She guessed that each sip might be worth “hundreds of pounds.”
One of those present, British wine writer John Stimpfig, said that “most of the bubbles had disappeared, although there was a slight spritz left.” He noted that the 184-year-old cork was in good condition, but the wine was heavily oxidized, with a “sherry-like character.”
Now only two 1825 vintage bottles of the champagne are left, but Perrier-Jouet has no plans to open them any time soon.
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