A team of divers have discovered 168 bottles of champagne in a shipwreck that was resting in the bottom of Baltic Sea in 2010, they then brought the champagne to the surface and tasted one and realized that they are more than 100 years old.
A team of scientist wants to understand what the bottles really contained, and how does it taste, whether it taste similar to the like the champagne we have today.
The scientist tested the drink to find out its chemical composition and how does it taste, and they found that the champagne produced in 19th century tastes similar to the modern day champagne.
Philippe Jeandet, a scientist at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne in France and one of the member involved in the study said that he and other team members believed that the 170 year old champagne would have different taste than the modern day champagne, but they discovered that it is similar to today’s wine.
The researchers have compared three different champagnes chemical composition which are discovered from the shipwreck.
They say that the drinks were made around 1840 and 1841. They then compared the champagne with the three sample of Veuve Clicquot produced in 1955, 1980 and one from 2011.
The researcher were unaware of the details of the sunken ship, like where it came from , where it was sailing, this lack of information made difficult for the scientists to determine the origin and age of the champagne, but they have analyzed the engravings of the cork and found that it was produced by Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Juglar and Heidsieck.
The champagne rested at the bottom of the sea and had perfect storage conditions like optimal temperature of about 2 to 4 degrees, complete darkness.
Researchers found that champagne had more sugar then the modern ones.