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Source: Wikipedia

Two bottles of the world’s oldest champagne, which spent about 170 years at the bottom of the ocean, sold for 54,000 euros ($73,700) at an auction in Finland on Friday.

The second lot, containing vintage Veuve, fetched 30,000 euros, which the auction house – New York-based wine specialist Acker Merrall & Condit – said was the most paid for a bottle.

Veuve Cliquot are quoted in the article as saying:

“We have worked closely with the government of Aaland since the discovery of the shipwreck to help salvage and protect the precious wines, which we know now were tasted by Madame Clicquot herself.”

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“With the creation of an exclusive collection of three bottles by the Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & DesignDom Pérignon pays tribute to Andy Warhol, creative genius and one of the most illustrious artists of the 20th century.”

And you can watch a nice little vid here.

h/t creative greed

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English sparkling wine Nyetimber has beaten the likes of Bollinger and Louis Roederer to be named Champion of Worldwide Sparking Wines at an Italian competition reports Decanter.

Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvée 2003, which costs around £25, came top in the blind tasting at the Bollicine del Mondo competition in Verona, run by Italian wine magazine Euposia.

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These I want. Brillant negative space champagne flutes.

Thanks Design Fetish

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Professor Bainbridge writes a lot of good sense about matching wine with fast food.

Some people say, “Why bother?”. I completely disagree. I once drank a bottle of “The Armagh” from Jim Barry with fish and chips. It was brilliant (a little extravagant maybe but brilliant). Champagne also goes well with the Pisces and potatoes.

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Looking for some of the very best champagne to welcome in the New Year? This review of the five most famous and highly regarded Champagne houses, Louis Roederer, Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Bollinger, and Taittinger by WineZap is a must-read.

I have been fortunate enough to drink the top wines from each of these houses and I completely agree with this statement.

“For whatever reason, Taittinger has not been able to establish quite the same level of fame as the other Champagnes we have mentioned and thus, the price is on the lower end of the spectrum. We consider this champagne to be a “sleeper” champagne at a high end..”

The Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is mighty fine.

For a very thorough review of the state of the champagne industry read this post from Berry Bros.

The latest evidence for sales statistics in 2009 is fairly gloomy, especially in the two top export markets (UK and USA) where volumes, anecdotally, are down by up to 30%. The key victims seem to be the Deluxe brands such as Cristal and Krug.

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I’m told that the tradition of winners spraying champagne started in this 1967 Le Mans. (It didn’t start a tradition of Ford winning).

I also read that when the Yankees won the AL East the “emptied 300 bottles in about 20 minutes”. Apparently it wasn’t the good stuff. They’re saving that for later.

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From the BBC <link>

“The world’s oldest champagne, bottled before Victoria became Queen, is still drinkable, with notes of “truffles and caramel”, according to the experts.

An “addictive” bottle of 1825 Perrier-Jouet was opened at a ceremony attended by 12 of the world’s top wine tasters.

Their verdict: the 184-year-old champagne tasted better than some of its younger counterparts.”

Two thoughts. Why do I never get invited to these tastings? That was some vintage and a very clever blender/winemaker.

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Keyword popularity across the Blogosphere
This chart illustrates how many times blog posts across the Blogosphere contained the following keywords.

wine vs. beer vs. champagne vs. coke
Wine wins!!!!

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Having just completed a post about why we should all drink champagne this New Year, I discover the New York Times review of “The Widow Clicquot,” by Tilar J. Mazzeo. <link

We all know her quote about drinking champagne (repeated at the bottom of this post) but this one, as the reviewer notes, it is certainly prescient, given she wrote it in the 1860s, if not as colourful.

 “The world is in perpetual motion, and we must invent the things of tomorrow. One must go before others, be determined and exacting, and let your intelligence direct your life. Act with audacity.”  

Exactly Madam! Act with audacity and drink champagne this New Year.

The book itself is available from Amazon <link>.

Aforementioned quote: “I drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.” Though it may have been Lily Bollinger who said this.

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