Shipwrecked champagne actually has a unique flavor, according to the experts. The 170-year-old bottle that was found in the Baltic Sea has an incredibly unique flavor. It underwent a series of tests to analyze it, as well as flavor tests that would determine just how the rare champagne would actually taste. The findings led to a unique, wet hair, and sweet flavor, as the researchers put it. Some even referred to it as tasting like a wet dog, with a hint of sweetness.
The bottle was originally discovered in 2010 and at the time it was approaching 200 years old. The team that found it knew that what they had stumbled on would be one of the most unique finds in the history of humans, and one of the best indicators of what life might have been like that many years ago from a food and beverage standpoint. The lab found that the champagne consisted of 14% sugar, which is higher than most champagne today.
Even the sweetest champagne today has less sugar than this recovered, but they said that this was actually somewhat expected given the time period, and given the fact that the science of actually making champagne wasn’t what it is today. The champagne was called, Veuve Cliquot according to the engravings that were found on the bottle itself. Without much hesitation, this is one of the best finds that scientists have been able to come up with in recent years – stemming from the actual excavation itself that led to the discovery of this bottle.
The bottle was auctioned for $156,000 and tasting experts tried the wine. Many of them pointed out that it had a cheesy flavor, and that it was one of the strangest things that had been tried in terms of wine flavor. Some even called it “leathery” compared to contemporary tastings of similar wines. It’s an interesting find, and an interesting point to have explained out – that what we’re looking at with this bottle of wine – is a significant piece of human history.