Champagne is an indispensable attribute of wealth and luxury. Therefore, rare varieties can cost the collectors a lot of money. And any millionaire considers it his duty to have in his collection any unusual bottle of champagne. Below is a list of the rarest and exclusive samples of this drink.
Champagne Veuve Clicquot (Widow Clicquot) 1893 year.
This bottle was found accidentally. In 2008, a locksmith was invited to the Scottish mansion of Torosi to open an antique piece of furniture. In it, to everyone’s surprise, an old bottle of “Widow Clicquot” dating back to 1893 was found. At the same time, it remained in excellent condition, the whole remained even the famous yellow label. Now you can see this drink in the center of Veuve Clicquot wines, champagne is considered the most exclusive in the world.
Champagne 1825 Perrier-Jouët.
A collection of rare champagne is stored at a depth of 70 meters underground in the basement of the Perrier-Jouët. In 2009, 12 top experts of the drink were invited there for a special tasting. Twenty rare wines were sampled from the cellar, among which was a bottle of 1825 Perrier-Jouët. In total, up to the present time, there are three such bottles. The tasters told that the champagne had lost almost all its gases. Nevertheless, a pleasant taste with a touch of caramel and truffles still remained.
Champagne Ca. 1820 Juglar cuvée.
This champagne was found relatively recently. In the summer of 2010, in the Baltic Sea at a depth of 55 meters, divers from Sweden found a shipwreck. Among the remains of the ship were found 168 bottles of champagne. It is now difficult to determine its true age, since the labels were damaged. Experts believe that the drink was made in the beginning of the XIX century. The bottles proved to be in perfect condition thanks to cold water and darkness on the seabed. The tasting showed that sparkling wine can still be consumed. Further study in November 2010 of this treasure revealed that three bottles were created by the world famous Veuve Clicquot Marque Grand, two more produced the already defunct Juglar house. The found champagne was put up for auction, the price of each bottle exceeded 62 thousand dollars.
Champagne Hiedsieck 1907 Diamant Bleu cuvee.
Special connoisseurs of champagne have always been considered crowned people. Delivering them drinks was considered an honor for any home. When the First World War was raging, the wooden ship came out of the port of Gavle. It transported the wine lot Hiedsieck 1907 Diamant Bleu cuvée personally for the emperor Nicholas II and his court. However, the ship did not reach the final point. November 3, 1916, he torpedoed the German U-22 submarine. As a result, the ship, along with its cargo, settled down at a depth of 67 meters. For 2 thousand bottles of rare champagne, such storage conditions were ideal. For 80 years, the drink was lying on the seabed until the Swedish divers discovered the cargo, they raised it to the surface. The tasting showed that the wine could preserve its rare aroma and taste. Champagne put up for auction, each bottle sold for an average of 3,700 dollars.
Champagne Louis Roederer, 1990 Cristal Brut.
The history of making an unusual bottle of this champagne has a direct connection with Russia. Emperor Alexander II was so afraid of the attempt that he forbade the use of bottles of dark glass, because they could hide weapons. Obeying the will of the royal customer, glassblowers from Flemish made a new bottle with a flat bottom. And that it was strong enough and could maintain internal pressure, then use a special lead crystal. As a result, champagne was called Cristal. Today it has a truly royal history and heritage. The bottle of the same sample in 1990 was 8 times more than usual. It was sold at an auction in New York for $ 18,800.
Champagne 1928 Krug.
The elegance of this drink was eloquently expressed by the head of the wine auction department of Sotheby’s Serena Sutcliffe. She called 1928 Krug just the greatest champagne ever created by man. A bottle of regular size was sold in 2009 at an auction in Hong Kong for $ 21,200. It was this champagne served at the royal banquet at Buckingham Palace after the end of World War II. The elite drink was tasted by King George VI and his guests. The last time such a bottle was opened in 1999, when a large tasting was held in Sweden dedicated to the change of the millennium.
Champagne Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque.
The owners of this champagne house offered their customers a unique service. One hundred richest customers were invited to a full day excursion to the headquarters of Perrier-Jouët. There they were offered to try the cuvée, which is the best way to suit their taste. After the excursion, 12 unique bottles of Emil Halle’s work were placed in the best places of the cellar for storage for several years. These sets were sold for 50 thousand dollars.
Champagne Krug Clos d’Ambonnay.
This exclusive cuvée of Krug’s famous champagne house was shown to the public in 2008. The name Clos d’Ambonnay refers to the small vineyard Grand Cru, an area of just 0.685 hectares. It is located in the area of the village of Ambonnay, Mount de Reims. In total, about three thousand bottles of sparkling beverage were produced. Each of them can be considered unique, and it costs not less than 2500 dollars. In fact, it’s not even champagne, but wine made from the Pinot Noir grapes. I must say that the house Krug bought a vineyard in 1984, but the harvest was announced only 20 years later. The berries were collected on October 1, 1995. 12 years in oak barrels champagne was waiting for its time. As a result, the drink received a diamond-gold color with a copper shade. The taste has shades of red fruits, caramel and almonds. It is worth noting the design of bottles of champagne. They are made of dark glass and decorated with a stylish blue label.
Champagne Moët @ Chandon Dom Perignon White Gold.
For those who want to demonstrate their wealth, this three-liter bottle of elite champagne is the best. And the main component of the price of 11.2 thousand dollars is not a drink at all, but the capacity itself for it. The bottle is covered with white gold. In 1995, 100 such items with the engraving of the manufacturer went to the London boutique luxury Harrods at a price of 12 thousand dollars apiece.
Champagne Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill.
The French house of champagne Pol Roger named this drink in honor of its most constant and devoted client, Sir Winston Churchill. For the first time the future prime minister tried a vintage drink in 1895 in 1908. From then until his death in 1965, Churchill from the champagne wines was singled out by Pol Roger. Since 1944, the love for champagne has increased. Churchill in Paris participated in the Memorial Day at the British Embassy. Then the politician tried Odette Pol-Roger produced by the house Grande Dame. Churchill was so captivated by the charm and subtlety of this drink that after that he tried it at least 500 times. As a sign of respect for the main client after the death of the legendary Englishman, all bottles of Pol Roger, supplied to England, received a black frame around the label. Champagne Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill was created specifically to emphasize the taste and style of a great man. At retail, a bottle of this drink costs about 215 dollars.